Tokyo 2020 unveils concepts behind Games’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies

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Professionals from various creative fields working on final preparations

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) is pleased to announce details of the concepts that will underpin the content and delivery of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Preparations for the opening and closing ceremonies have been led by HIOKI Takayuki, who was appointed Executive Producer in March this year, with the support of a number of professionals from various fields. They have been assisted by NOMURA Mansai, who was involved in the planning of the ceremonies for many years prior to the Games’ postponement and who still serves as an advisor to Tokyo 2020. His contribution included support during the formulation of the ceremony concepts.

Common concept of all four opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games:
Moving Forward

Concept of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony:
United by Emotion

Concept of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony:
Worlds We Share

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing in many parts of the world, and it has had a great impact on our daily lives. People everywhere have been denied interaction with others, and we now find ourselves in a situation that few people could have imagined. Given the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have designed the ceremonies around the concept that the Tokyo 2020 Games can bring fresh hope and encouragement to people around the world through the active appearance of athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Games and via the power of sport.

We are also pleased to announce details of the members of the Creative Team who have worked so hard in the production of these opening and closing ceremonies – see below.

Tokyo 2020 and the Creative Team will continue to prepare for the ceremonies ensuring they will be memorable for all those around the world who will be watching.

The concepts behind the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be announced at a later date.

Common concepts of the four ceremonies, opening and closing ceremonies of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games:

“Moving Forward”

The Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be unlike any other because they will take place in the face of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)—an obstacle far beyond anything we have ever faced. Everything that happens in this world is connected, and we are all affected no matter how far apart we are. That is what we realised over the past year, which was spent sharing knowledge and wisdom across borders as we searched for a way to help each other navigate these trying times.

This is the kind of world in which Tokyo 2020 will take place, which is why we want to create ceremonies that bring the world together as one through the power of sport and a sense of hope for the future. We want these ceremonies to be a series of moments that give each and every one of us the strength to look towards the future, and that also serve as opportunities to create a better normal together.

And so, through these Games, we will acknowledge the way the world came together to face a global threat, while recognising, lauding and demonstrating our sincere gratitude for the immeasurable support and efforts of all those who made Tokyo 2020 possible.

Concept of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

“United by Emotion”

People all over the world spent the past year living under the threat of COVID-19, and the Tokyo 2020 Games will be held in the midst of this unprecedented pandemic. We are all different ages and nationalities and come from all walks of life, and now on top of that we are physically separated. That is why we want everyone to experience the same excitement, joy, and at times disappointment, through the athletes’ competitive performances.

Sport is universal. It is an invaluable treasure that we believe has the power to unite the world through emotion—even if we are apart, speak different languages, or come from different cultures.

In the Opening Ceremony, we will aspire to reaffirm the role of sport and the value of the Olympic Games, to express our gratitude and admiration for the efforts we all made together over the past year, and also to bring a sense of hope for the future. We hope it will be an experience that conveys how we all have the ability to celebrate differences, to empathise, and to live side by side with compassion for one another.

Concept of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony

“Worlds we share”*

The Olympic Games have come to a close.

During these past 17 days, we have witnessed individuals from a variety of cultures and backgrounds reach new heights together and connect through sport.

The Games have and will provide us with food for thought about diversity and inclusion as we continue on to the Paralympic Games.

Even if we cannot be together, we can share the same moment, and that is something that we will never forget. It is this salient message which we believe will create a Closing Ceremony that will open the door to a brighter future.

We hope that this ceremony may be a moment for each and every one of us to think about what the future holds.

*The concept "Worlds We Share" expresses the idea that each of us inhabits their own world.

Creative Team Details

Key members of the team planning and delivering the opening and closing ceremonies of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are as follows.

These are just some of the key members of the teams. Many other people are participating and helping to ensure the success of the events.

Executive Producer
HIOKI Takayuki, Tokyo 2020
Senior Adviser to the Executive Producer: Marco Balich
Senior Adviser to the Executive Producer: Piers Shepperd

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Creative Team
HIRAHARA Shintaro, TANAKA Tomoyuki, TANEDA Yohei, TOMIZAWA Nami, HAMABE Akihiro, HIGUCHI Takuji, TOMIZAWA Noboru, TSUJIKAWA Koichiro, KODAMA Yuichi, KOJIMA Junji, TANAKA Tugihisa,Iguchi, FUKUBE Akihiro, TOKUZAWA Seigen, HARA Marihiko, KAGEI Masayuki, NAKAMURA Hiroshi, Gamarjobat , WAKABAYASHI Keiji, SUZUKI Takayuki, SHIBATA Kei, SAKURA Toshihiko and others.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony Creative Team
HIRAHARA Shintaro, TANAKA Tomoyuki, TANEDA Yohei, TOMIZAWA Nami, HAMABE Akihiro, HIGUCHI Takuji, TOMIZAWA Noboru, HIRAMAKI Kazuhiko, Melissa Weigel, KONDO Tatsuki, FUJISHIRO Yuichiro, MIZUTANI Aki, NAKAMURA Akiko, YAMADA Un,TOKUZAWA Seigen, WAKABAYASHI Keiji, MOITA Akiyoshi, IIJIMA Kumiko and others.