When the Olympics end, there is a sense of sadness about the loss of a few weeks of games and entertainment. Now that Rio is over, sports fans have to wait a whole three years and 11 months until the next time we get to see one. The athletes will be different, there are new sports to come, and maybe even a few sports will disappear. The end of Rio saw the last Olympics of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps - or so they say.
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Typically, the end of the Olympics in one city means the passage of the torch - both metaphorically and literally - from one country to the other. Last night, Japan started off (already) with a bang. Japan's Olympic committee decided to highlight some of the best things about the country, including the contributions of the people onto the world. They transformed the Prime Minister into Mario and showcased the distinctive skyline that has captured the hearts of so many people.
They also highlighted their athletes as well as video game and anime characters. It was all backed by a jazzy and futuristic soundtrack that will give you goosebumps. There was, surprisingly, no mention of probably the most famous and timely character, Pikachu.
The games in Tokyo already look amazing and they haven't even happened yet. There will, no doubt, be a huge technological upheaval thanks to Tokyo really being at the forefront of the technological world.
Take a look at the video below:
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