Video Game Music, Manga, Osaka: Japanese Culture in Opening Ceremony Explained

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The Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics featured immoderate of the oldest traditions successful Japanese culture, arsenic good arsenic immoderate of the newest.

The moving presumption welcomed the Parade of Nations with thousands of athletes from astir the satellite and concluded with a hopeful and symbolic lighting of the Olympic cauldron.

From popular civilization to centuries-old customs, here's a look into immoderate of the hidden and not-so-hidden references of Japanese civilization that took halfway signifier astatine the ceremonial kickoff of the Tokyo Olympics.

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Videos Games & Manga: Soundtrack of the Opening Ceremony

Music from fashionable video games similar "Final Fantasy" and "Dragon Quest" were played during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. Ayako Kiyono from InsideJapan explicate the inclusion of these modern things into Japanese culture.

Japan’s affluent manga and video crippled culture had a beardown ocular and audio beingness successful the Opening Ceremony.

“The walk-up euphony for the entranceway procession are from video games,” Japanese civilization expert Ayako Kiyono said. “Also, state names are successful code balloons. People are tweeting that is simply a bully operation of Japanese games and manga.”

Familiar gaming tunes blared successful the inheritance arsenic thousands of Olympians from astir the satellite marched into the arena during the ceremony’s Parade of Nations.  Some of the iconic songs from poplar games featured see “Victory Fanfare” from Final Fantasy, “Star Light Zone” from the archetypal Sonic the Hedgehog game, and “Roto’s Theme” from the Dragon Quest series.

Kiyono says that video games were highlighted due to the fact that of the wide popularity and relation with Japanese civilization – and astatine each began with Nintendo much than 30 years ago.

“Nintendo started successful Kyoto,” Kiyono said. “It was conscionable a precise tiny playing paper company. In the past 30 years, it has dispersed to the precise large one.”

The power of Japanese manga successful the country’s civilization is besides undeniable

Known arsenic 1 of the astir fashionable forms connected Japanese entertainment, University of Pittsburg’s Akiko Hashimoto says that magna was created by creator Kitazawa Rakuten successful the 1900s aft helium was inspired by aboriginal American comic strips successful newspapers.

Hope. Diversity. Change.

Naomi Osaka served arsenic the last Olympic torchbearer for the Tokyo Olympic Games, lighting the Olympic occurrence during the Opening Ceremony.

International tennis superstar and Japanese nationalist Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron successful what contention officials called “a awesome of anticipation for her location country.”

Osaka was chosen arsenic the last torchbearer successful what immoderate accidental is simply a motion to diversity, emphasizing the Olympics' “Stronger Together” theme.

“She is the idiosyncratic who symbolizes the Olympics precise much,” Kiyono said. “I judge she was chosen due to the fact that she overcame truthful galore difficulties of being Japanese due to the fact that her colour is different.”

Osaka, whose parent is Japanese and begetter is Haitian, chose to correspond the state successful which was calved astatine the Olympics aft giving up her U.S. citizenship earlier she turned 22.

The young tennis prima became a starring dependable for societal justness during the U.S. Open by wearing look masks bearing the names of African Americans slain astatine the hands of constabulary brutality. Osaka besides utilized her level to publically talk retired against anti-Asian hatred crimes earlier this twelvemonth aft the U.S. saw a caller spike successful incidents.

“She was chosen a awesome of diversity,” Kiyono said.

Following the moving and symbolic ceremony, Osaka tweeted saying that lighting the cauldron was “undoubtedly the top diversion accomplishment and grant I volition ever person successful my life.”

A Performance Inspired by a Traditional Game

Performers interconnected with a reddish drawstring during the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony had galore meanings, 1 tied to a children's crippled and different astir interconnectivity. Ayako Kiyono and Masa Hattori from InsideJapan explicate the reddish drawstring successful Japanese culture.

Dozens of interpretive dancers clothed successful achromatic garments twisted and twirled their bodies astir long, reddish ribbons of string. The dancers moving show pulled inspiration from a centuries-old crippled successful Japanese civilization called “Ayatori.”

Ayatori is crippled of accomplishment and endowment that involves manipulating string, usually made of yarn, to signifier assorted shapes and figures. The taste contented tin beryllium played unsocial oregon with a friend.

“When Japan was precise mediocre determination was not overmuch costly games we could enjoy, truthful the girls tin play with their friends by truly making antithetic shapes with string,” said Masa Hattori, a Japanese nationalist guide.

Historians accidental the crippled was commonly played by young girls but has since go a gender-neutral enactment for each ages. Versions of Ayatori has been recovered successful galore cultures astir the world, including “Cat’s Cradle” played successful the United States.

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