The 2020 Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo!
I`m pretty sure the sports themselves will not make it down to Okinawa, but of course, the sports are only half of the story. I`m a foreigner in Japan (coming from London, which just hosted the games), and one of the best parts of the London games was the cultural olympiad that showcased arts and culture around the sports.
I think the choice of Tokyo is a great one with a whole lot of potential.
Similar to what I said about the need for an alternative to Cool Japan, there is a need for all sorts of art and culture to flourish during times like these. So, a Tokyo Olympics is the perfect platform for you to either create or immerse yourself in the different arts and cultures of these islands.
Despite the negativity around the bid and the last minute concerns about the problems in Fukushima, the world is switched onto the Olympics, they are the biggest TV event in the world and the amount of coverage, both online and offline is immense. Japan is one of those places everybody kind of knows a little about but wishes they knew more.
People are watching, they are open minded and looking to discover. This time is a wonderful opportunity for artistic and creative people that want to explore and contribute. Not everyone watching will understand where you are coming from, but they can all appreciate your creativity. The appetite to discover beautiful and interesting things is insatiable.
Tokyo, rightly will provide some stunning imagery and colour. But Japan, Okinawa and the surrounding areas have their own flavour which can be experienced by visiting and exploring what is created there.
There is a lot to bring people together (design, painting, food, manga, art, pottery, traditional arts etc). Exploring this as part of the olympics in 2020 will further connect people and that, after all, is the positive side of what happens at the games.
I am always fascinated by stories we tell through art and I love the process of discovery. I believe that the discovery of new art and culture can change the life of others too.
While I do not expect this blog to begin a revolution, hopefully it will get you thinking about what is possible for 2020.