This Olympic Opening Ceremony offers poignant images of what is ‘not’ there One of the things that struck me the most during Japan’s 2016 Forum of Sport & Culture was a talk by a Japanese living national treasure on the importance of empty space – and nothingness – in Japanese culture. The opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020 has had … Continue reading ‘Let Space Speak’ | Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony
When the Games can’t go on
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed. It is only the fourth time this happens in 124 years, the only three previous occasions being due to World War I and World War II. The global virus pandemic of 2020 is forcing a halt on all international sport and cultural mega-events and this … Continue reading When the Games can’t go on
Tokyo 2020 Cultural Olympiad
Youth, heritage, empowerment and nationwide celebration Article originally published by Beatriz Garcia via Net TAM in 2018 (In English | In Japanese) The Cultural Olympiad has been an essential component of every edition of the Olympic Games since 1912. Despite its long history, the Olympic cultural programme is one of the least well known dimensions of the … Continue reading Tokyo 2020 Cultural Olympiad
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Previously published in The Conversation