Tokyo Olympic bid announcement

Posted at 6:38 pm, September 5, 2013 in Around Town

Tokyo Tower Olympics 2020

It’s the final countdown, the moment we’ve all been building up to since Tokyo’s crushing 2016 rejection – the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics bid result. The big decision will be announced on Saturday, with Tokyo currently the bookies’ favourite to win. But whether you say a resounding ‘Yay!’ or a vehement ‘Nay!’ to Tokyo’s plans for Olympic glory, you can still seize the opportunity to have some fun. Expect Olympic fever to be running high in the city’s bars, but if you want to squeeze the most out of the decision, check out these dedicated events.

Sport Expo Olympics 2020

Sport Expo 2013

Whether you want the Olympics to land in Tokyo or not, ther best way to handle all the excitement is with a raging all-nighter. Having hosted many of the events in the 1964 Games, Komazawa Olympic Park makes for a fitting party venue. Human beatboxer Daichi, and idol/actress Shoko Nakagawa will entertain the crowds, and there will also be a variety of games including sport stacking and simulation golf (all free, of course). Full details

Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Olympics 2020

Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium open day

In the spirit of sporty fun, Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium will be throwing its doors for a free day of exercise. On September 8 – the day after the decision announcement – it will be providing free access to its pool, training room, and track and field facilities. If the bid’s a success, Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium will be the table tennis event venue, and if that’s not something worth getting excited about, then we don’t know what is. Full details

Tokyo Tower Olympics 2020

Tokyo Tower 2020 light-up

If you’d like to get in on the Olympic excitement but your idea of taking part stops short at spirited neck-craning, then head to Tokyo Tower for some less-energy-sapping fun. Check it out after dark to see it lit up in the Olympic colours of green, yellow, blue and red, with the shut-off observatory lights representing black. Catch it while you can – the lights will only be on until the announce date. Full details

Can’t make it to any of these events? Just let this video’s powerful Olympic message worm its way into your brain.

You’re welcome.