The Opening of the Rio 2016 Games!

On 5 August (local time) a colourful and pulsating ceremony was held in the Maracanã Stadium in downtown Rio de Janeiro to officially open the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Opening Ceremony began with video projections beamed onto a giant sheet laid over the field and the appearance of a giant three-dimensional objet, which were used to trace the history of Brazil. The ceremony featured a section on the contribution of Japanese immigrants to Brazilian culture, and their performance included their hopes and desires for peace. Each part of the spectacular production brought loud cheers and applause from the spectators.

The Japanese team was the 104th team to enter the arena to rousing cheers, and was led by decathlete Keisuke Ushiro acting as the team's flag bearer.

For the grand finale, the cannonball-shaped Olympic Cauldron was lit by Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima to a huge ovation and anticipation of the fierce competitions that will ensue in the coming days.

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