Tokyo Marks 200 Day Countdown with Event Fusing Japan's Distinctive Traditions and Innovations

With only 200 days to go until the IOC elects the Host City for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo 2020 proved once again its unmatched capabilities to host thrilling sport celebrations by organising an event that showcased Japan's time-honoured traditions alongside the country's world-renowned innovations. Japanese Olympians, a Paralympian, a well-known kabuki actor and passionate sport fans gathered at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) to pledge their unanimous support for Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo 2020 comprises the very best of Japanese innovation and traditions, and under the tagline of "Discover Tomorrow," the city promises to provide both athletes and spectators with an unforgettable experience.

The "200 Days to Go" event, which was jointly organised with the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry representing over 76,000 companies, gathered hundreds of local elementary school kids at futuristic Tokyo international Airport (Haneda), Tokyo's sparking 24/7 gateway located close to the city centre.

The event was hosted by Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassador and London Olympic fencing team silver medallist Yuki Ota, Sydney Olympics 100-meter backstroke silver medallist Mai Nakamura and Paralympics swimming five-time gold medallist Junichi Kawai.

Popular kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa made a special guest appearance and ignited the audience by proclaiming his desire to celebrate the Games in Tokyo. Kabuki theatre is a classical Japanese dance-drama known for its emphatic style, elaborate costumes and exaggerated make-up.

The underlying concept of Tokyo 2020 is to stage the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a 60-day sporting and cultural festival. Tokyo 2020 promises that the Games will be built on Tokyo's vibrant atmosphere, innovative fashion and design, diverse music, unmatched gastronomy and trend-setting contemporary art, all of which draw inspiration from the rich traditions of ancient Japan stretching back nearly two millennia.

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More than 200 schoolchildren attended an event marking 200 days until the IOC elects the host city for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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(From left) Mai Nakamura, Yuki Ota, Ebizo Ichikawa and Junichi Kawai share their passion for sport with enthusiastic young fans