There’s nothing new about the general schedules of closing ceremonies, the fireworks, the performances, they’ve all been done, all too many times. There is one special ritual practiced at the closing ceremony of every Olympics that everybody looks forward to, the passing of the torch.
It’s a much anticipated and awaited event as it reveals who will be hosting the next Olympics Games after four years. This time, Brazil handed the flag down to Tokyo, Japan, and the ceremony took the world by surprise.
Japan is famous for its reputation as a country highly profiting from their technological milestones and virtual gaming. One of the oldest games that Japan has gifted to the world is Super Mario, hence making it somewhat of an icon of sorts.
Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, entered the field in Rio, to accept the Olympic torch, from under the ground on a green tube. If that doesn’t ring any bells, here’s more. The Prime Minister was dressed as the game character Mario, holding a red ball, just like it is in the game Super Mario.
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It has been confirmed that the Olympics which will be held in Tokyo in 2020, are going to be based on the theme of virtual games and robotics.
As per tradition, the next host Japan was given time to showcase a teaser trailer of their plans for the next Games.
It was a fast paced, futuristic trailer in which PM Shinzō Abe was morphed as Mario, accompanied by Pac-Man and other Anime characters. The video took the audience through the streets of Tokyo, which led to a snippet of Mario emerging from a tunnel. What happened next has already been revealed, PM Abe’s grand entrance.
Tourists who will be visiting Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics can look forward to spending some time with robots, who will assist them in advising upon tourist destinations, convenient options for transportation, market places and good restaurants.
Considering the success of augmented reality, it can also be expected to be a part of 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Where anime and other virtual characters will be seen in the field on the day of the opening ceremony at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.
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