Olympics

Olympic Athletes Will Get Vaccinated

After months of proposals and assessments to try to determine whether hosting the Olympics could be safe, the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) has announced that it has reached deals with Pfizer and BioNTech that will allow them to have the necessary doses to vaccinate all athletes and officials before the Tokyo Olympics in July. This…

Tokyo Olympics Creative Director Resigns After Offensive Naomi Watanabe Pitch

Hiroshi Sasaki was to be in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, but that won’t be the case anymore. Sasaki is out of the post after one of his proposals, which he had shared on SNS, leaked. There, the Dentsu creative director, proposed having comedian Naomi Watanabe…

IOC Member Says Olympics Will Be Postponed Until 2021

Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has told USA Today that the Olympics will indeed be postponed because of the coronarvirus pandemic. Pound’s statement came after Prime Minister Abe Shinzo publicly said that the Olympics could not be held under the current circumstances, for the first time implying that the Olympics…

Changes Happening to Tokyo Prior to the 2020 Olympics

With the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan has been undergoing many changes in preparation for the games. These changes won’t happen overnight, but as the world comes to Japan in 2020, visitors may find themselves seeing a rapidly changing Tokyo. We should expect Japan to flaunt its sophisticated infrastructure, accommodations, technology, and entertainment…
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Saitama City: A place where sport and culture unite

  Heading to Kumagaya Stadium during your time at the Rugby World Cup this year? Saitama City is just a stone’s throw away, and it’s a great destination for sports fanatics looking to explore a local, welcoming city—one that loves sports as much as they do. Saitama City is just a 40-minute train ride from…

“Taking the Plunge”: Perspectives from a Seasoned Expatriate in Japan

Despite never having met Brad, there was almost an expected sense of familiarity before meeting. I knew we shared some kind of common background hailing from the same alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin; his firm Texan handshake and relaxed demeanor only served to confirm my expectations. He suggested a Japanese restaurant within…

The 3 Best Tokyo 2020 Olympics Hotels That Haven’t Sold Out Yet

Over a year out from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, many accommodation options are sold out. Both domestic and international demand to see the Olympics has driven up prices to outrageous levels as people scramble to reserve the last hotels on the market. These 3 hotels offer the most reasonably-priced accommodation without sacrificing quality and…

Meet the Cute Official Mascots of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo!

As with any other Olympic event, there would be official mascots to help celebrate the games, and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have recently announced theirs. As expected, they are cute! The two mascots are the creations of Ryo Taniguchi, a Japanese character designer and illustrator born in 1974. The Olympic Games…

Why Is Mao Asada, One of Japan’s Top Figure Skaters, Retiring at an Early Age?

Since the morning of April 10, 2017, one particular topic regarding a certain athlete’s retirement has been making its rounds on Japanese news programs. Many people were surprised with the sudden announcement that was made as Japan’s figure skating star, Mao Asada (浅田真央), decides to leave the ice rink at 26. Who is Mao Asada?…

Discover the Wonders of Nagano on the Road to Zenkoji Temple

The road to Zenkoji (善光寺), one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Japan, is an easy one. Situated in the beautiful Japanese Alps, a convenient, regular, 80-minute bullet train links Tokyo with Nagano City (長野市), the capital of the Nagano Prefecture (長野県) and the gateway to this seventh-century icon. Nagano Unlike Zenkoji, Nagano City…