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Tokyo Metropolitan Government to Convey Appeal of Tokyo and Japan in Rio de Janeiro

August 9, 2016 Destination North Asia No Comments Print Print Email Email

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced on July 15 that it will conduct the following activities during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games to convey the appeal of Tokyo and Japan to the rest of the world.

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The activities will take place in two areas, one at the Live Sites Area in the Centro district and the other at Tokyo 2020 JAPAN HOUSE in Barra.

At the Live Sites Area, the Paco Imperial will hold two events under “CULTURE & TOKYO in RIO” and an exhibition called “Tokyo Sightseeing.” “TOKYO Caravan,” a project on August 18-21, will be led by Hideki Noda, a prominent Japanese playwright, director and actor. The project is a culture “inter-mixture” workshop developed jointly by Japanese and Brazilian artists. “TURN” is another “CULTURE & TOKYO in RIO” project curated by leading Japanese artist Katsuhiko Hibino. It is a group exhibition and collection of workshops by emerging Japanese and Brazilian artists developed through their exchanges with social welfare facilities in Brazil.

Both “TURN” and “Tokyo Sightseeing” will be on exhibit from August 18 to September 7 every day except for Monday.

The Rio 2016 special stages at Praca Maua and Praca XV will hold another event “TOHOKU & TOKYO in RIO” on August 18 from 13:00 to 14:30 and 16:30 to 18:00 with performers from Japan and Brazil. The event is presented by Tokyo and the Tohoku region, which was affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, to show their appreciation to the world and the reconstruction of the region.

In the Barra district, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will open Tokyo 2020 JAPAN HOUSE at Cidade das Artes from 12:00 to 20:00 every day, on August 5-21 and September 7-18. The exhibitions held there are based on the theme “City of Waterways” to show the Tokyo metropolis and its ever-evolving natural settings, lifestyles, culture and technology.

On August 19, a “TOKYO DAY” event will be held with performances demonstrated again from “TOHOKU & TOKYO in RIO” along with a Tokyo tourism seminar. Visitors will also enjoy Japanese animation and music broadcasted on screen.

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