800,000 Gather to Welcome Home Japan's Olympic and Paralympic Medallists

Japan's Olympic and Paralympic Medallists Parade

An enthusiastic crowd estimated at 800,000 turned out in downtown Tokyo today to welcome home 87 Japanese Olympian and Paralympian medallists from the Rio 2016 Games. The crowds roared their appreciation as the Olympic and Paralympic heroes paraded in open-top buses through the city centre, waving to their fans and thanking them for their strong support.

The parade proceeded for about 2.5 kilometres from the Ginza district, Tokyo's world-famous shopping and dining area featuring trendy boutiques and world-class restaurants, to the traditional Nihonbashi district, the historical centre of Tokyo, with its fascinating mix of centuries-old establishments and cultural landmarks.

The emotional reunion of the medallists and their fans created unforgettable scenes in a city that growing more excited by the day about its hosting of the next summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.