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Friday, November 16, 2007

Tokyo 2016 Olympic bid


Tokyo first made it big on the post-WWII international stage with its hosting of the Olympic Games in 1964.

43 years later, Tokyo is bidding to host the 2016 Olympic Games. The process began on August 30, 2006, when Tokyo was elected as Japan's national candidate city. Then, the next month, the Tokyo 2016 Olympic Games Bid Committee was established as a private organization, becoming a non-profit corporation in February, 2007. The international bidding itself began this May.

Since last month, Tokyo Tower, the city’s tallest structure, and one of its most distinctive, has been sporting a huge ‘2016’ to raise awareness of the effort.

Promotion for the Olympic campaign can be found all over Tokyo, including on its buses. This picture (at right) of the back of a bus in Tokyo's Shinjuku area shows the official 2016 Tokyo Olympic bid symbol: the Olympic colors arranged in a "musubi", i.e. a special knot used on auspicious and celebratory occasions.

Check out the Tokyo 2016 Olympic Games Bid Committee’s website http://www.tokyo2016.or.jp/en (can no longer be accessed.

See JapanVisitor's guide to Tokyo Tower.

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