Tokyo 2020 Celebrates Six Months To Go

Glorious fireworks light up Tokyo Bay where the Olympic Rings bring excitement to the city

Today hundreds of spectators gathered at Odaiba, the popular high-tech entertainment hub on Tokyo Bay, to celebrate six months to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Fireworks display in Odaiba

Olympic atmosphere is building throughout the city since the arrival of the Olympic Rings in Odaiba last week. The excitement for the Games was pushed to a climax today with a five minutes long grand firework show and the lighting up of the Olympic Rings. The fireworks burst in the shape of five interlaced rings in the colours of red, blue and green, echoing the illuminated landmark of the Rainbow Bridge. The Olympic Rings will be on display off the shore of Odaiba Marine Park until August when the Olympic Games finish and will be replaced by the symbol of the Paralympic Games –the three “agitos”.

front row (from left)
Yasuhiro Yamashita, President of Japanese Olympic Committee; Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo; Takashi Yamamoto, Deputy Director General of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; Mitsunori Torihara, Chairman of Japanese Paralympic Committee

"Besides the athletes, a large number of visitors will come to Japan. It's our goal to fully introduce the charm of Japan and Tokyo to them, and to create an environment where the athletes can compete in high spirits," said Yasuhiro Yamashita, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee.

Mitsunori Torihara, chairman of Japanese Paralympic Committee, called for continuous support for the success of the Games. “The word for the symbol of Paralympic Games, ‘agitos’, means ‘I move’. In a sense, the success of the Games will be a huge move driven by the joint efforts from all parties,” said Torihara.

Starting from 24 July, thousands of athletes will compete in a record 33 Olympic sports and 22 Paralympic sports. While the athletes are gearing up for the medals, spectators around the world compete for the hottest-selling tickets. In Japan, over 8.2 million people have registered for a Tokyo 2020 ID to participate in the ticket lottery. Last year, a record of 3.1 million tickets were requested during the first ticket lottery for the Paralympic Games.

There is another chance for those who did not get a ticket, as Tokyo 2020 announced a second ticket lottery for the Paralympic Games earlier this month. The application will end on 29 January.

Fireworks display in Odaiba

Preparations toward a successful Tokyo 2020 Games are also gaining momentum. The new Olympic Stadium was officially opened last December and hosted its first official sporting competition on New Year’s Day. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, all but one of the eight new permanent venues, including the venues for archery, rowing and canoe, are already complete. The Tokyo Aquatics Centre, which is still under construction, is expected to be complete in February.

Olympic Stadium

Sea Forest Waterway, the venue for rowing and canoe

“With the Olympic year finally here, everything is coming together,” Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya commented. “We’ve spent the last seven years working toward this, and now with just six months to go we’re excited to see the pieces falling into place. From venues to volunteers to ticketing, preparations are exactly where we want them to be at the six-month mark.”

Tokyo 2020 Games progress

Engagement – Tokyo 2020 Volunteers

Approximately 80,000 people in Japan and overseas have been initially selected to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Volunteer Programme, and trainings have begun throughout Japan. A total of 204,680 people applied in Japan and worldwide, a level of interest that indicates people everywhere have high expectations for these Games.

Engagement – Social media (as of 21 January 2020)

Tokyo 2020 has a total of more than 7 million social media followers across its official Facebook(Open in a new window), Instagram(Open in a new window), LINE(Open in a new window), Twitter(Open in a new window) and YouTube(Open in a new window) accounts. A Weibo(Open in a new window) site and Douyin account (@tokyo2020cn) have been launched for Chinese viewers.

Tokyo 2020 Followers

  • Facebook – 724,689 followers (page likes)
  • Instagram – 295,287 followers
  • LINE – 5,465,280 accounts
  • Twitter (Japanese) – 338,922 followers
  • Twitter (English) – 200,040 followers
  • YouTube – 61,300 subscribers
  • Weibo – 27,666 followers
  • Douyin (TikTok China) – 31,080 followers

Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Followers

  • Twitter – 10,783 followers
  • Instagram – 4,810 followers

Related links

Olympic Competition Schedule
Paralympic Competition Schedule
Second Paralympic Games Ticket Lottery to Start 15 January
Olympic Stadium officially opened