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Online Event

A special festival that aims to unite the world through “WA”, while providing people with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience of Japanese culture and enjoy new encounters.

*While all possible COVID-19 countermeasures will be taken, the event may be cancelled or their content changed depending on the COVID-19 situation.

Theme "Participation, Interaction"

wassai | Concept

Let’s make a big “WA” to unite the world again.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games offer athletes and others - including children - across the world the opportunity to share their cultures with each other. Immerse yourself in the experience at the online wassai festival - a special virtual event where participants can and sing in a circle to create memories they will cherish forever. 

*The Japanese word ”wa” can be spelled using several different kanji characters, each with a different meaning such as 話 (“talk”), 輪 (”circle”), 環 (“unity”) and 和 (“peace”).

Tokyo 2020 wassai concept movie

wassai|General Director

Komei Sugano

Profile

Komei Sugano, started his career as a director of Japan’s “Kosakai kun no Osumashi de” show in 1986. He directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 12th Asian Games in Hiroshima in 1994 and the Night Festival prior to the FIFA World Cup final in 2002. He has translated and directed Broadway musicals such as Footloose, The Producers and Guys and Dolls, and has recently become an enthusiastic director of original musicals. With his own good taste in musicals and sophisticated pacing, his artistic activities are wide-ranging, including musicals, shows and concerts, as well as exhibitions, large-scale sports events and total productions for amusement parks. His recent works include the musical Finding Mr. Destiny (all 2016-2018 versions), the JET STREAM 50th Anniversary Special Concert, the Tokyo 2020 Official Programme Nihongo de Asobo, the Special Concert in Izumo-Nippon Zukushi, the musical SMOKE (since 2018), and Masayuki Sakamoto’s ONE MAN STANDING 2019 – The Greatest Symphony.

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NIPPON is a country of big "WA".

NIPPON is a country where people live peacefully in harmony with one another. 

The idea of "WA" have been rooted in us since ancient times.

People in Japan believe that nature - even a small stone - can reflect your thoughts,

and have long valued all of the blessings that come from nature and the world.

Our respect for the connections between people has created "WA" (unity),

the unity has created "WA" (circles),

and the circles have created "WA" (peace).

We want people around the world to understand our values.

We want people across the globe to see them for themselves.

To this end, we decided to hold a festival,

a new online festival where we can connect remotely. 

where the world can connect and create an event with peace of mind. 

That festival is called "wassai".

Tonight, people around the world will communicate, dance and connect with one another by making a big circle.

The world will be united in one "WA" (circle).

The world can be united in "WA" (peace).

Please join us and help us create this new wassai festival!