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The Tokyo 2020 Games are just around the corner!

Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Games are in full swing. The Olympic torch is on its way to the National Stadium, shops selling official merchandise are popping up around the country, and Tokyo is in the spotlight as a city of art and culture.

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Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are just a week away and preparations are in full swing. The Olympic torch has traveled across all 47 of Japan’s prefectures and arrived at its final destination, Tokyo. On July 16, the torch crossed over to a remote World Natural Heritage Site on the Pacific ocean which is actually a part of Tokyo—the Ogasawara Islands. Now, it is on its way to the National Stadium, where the opening ceremony will be held on July 23.

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The torch is inspired by cherry blossoms ©Tokyo2020

The Ogasawara Islands are an archipelago of about 30 subtropical islands located around a thousand kilometers south of central Tokyo. The islands are known for their rich and unique nature—they have never been connected to a continent, so many of the local flora and fauna have evolved in their own way. The surrounding waters are inhabited by whales, dolphins, and about 200 species of coral.

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Chichijima, Ogasawara Islands, a Natural World Heritage Site

Mascots and logos for the 2020 Games can be spotted all around Tokyo. There are also plenty of stores selling 2020 merch. A total of 66 official stores are set to be open all around Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa, by the time the opening ceremony starts.

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The official Tokyo 2020 stores sell Olympic merch at various price points.

The Tokyo 2020 Official App will serve as a personal guide to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to fans around the world. You can catch a glimpse of what the Tokyo 2020 athletes are up to from anywhere in the world. Available in Japanese, English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, French, Spanish, and Hindi, the app provides the latest information on the Games, as well as competition schedules, medal bulletins, and related events. You can select your favorite countries and competitions and get push notifications about information that interests you. FanZone is an interactive section where you can learn about Olympic history through quizzes, make predictions about winners, and even create a dream team with your favorite athletes. FanZone participants are entered into a lottery to win presents like watches and wireless headphones. You can download the official app on Google Play, App Store, and other related sites.

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The official Tokyo 2020 app will keep you up to date with the latest news ©Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is a project that aims to showcase Tokyo as a center of art and culture. It is taking place at various locations in Tokyo and includes installations like the Super Wall Art Tokyo* (Jul 17 to Sep 5). This enormous mural will feature various art based on the concept of “Universe COSMO POWER” and share messages that transcend borders and time. It will appear on the glass wall of two buildings (Marunouchi Building and New Marunouchi Building) opposite to Tokyo Station, covering more than 7,000 square meters.

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