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Tokyo 2016 Olympic Parade

Tokyo is bidding for the 2016 Olympics. With 9 days to go before the decision in Copenhagen, a parade was held in central Tokyo between Harajuku and Omotesando to mark the occasion. The last time Tokyo held the Olympics was in 1964.

Wonderful composure in the dance here by this lady
Wonderful composure in the dance here by this lady
You can't start a parade without some horses
You can't start a parade without some horses
There are bound to be some fine horses in Tokyo if the Games arrive in 2016
There are bound to be some fine horses in Tokyo if the Games arrive in 2016
Plenty of flags and uniforms showing the University groups
Plenty of flags and uniforms showing the University groups
There was a bit of cosplay support being shown for the Games as well
There was a bit of cosplay support being shown for the Games as well
I'm guessing this might be a part of the opening ceremony in 2016 if Tokyo wins
I'm guessing this might be a part of the opening ceremony in 2016 if Tokyo wins
Good precision being shown here. Interesting to see these are not rifles
Good precision being shown here. Interesting to see these are not rifles
3 Drummers in a row
3 Drummers in a row
The conductor almost lost in the band
The conductor almost lost in the band
Probably the best seat in the house
Probably the best seat in the house
The lanterns looked spectacular against the greenery of Omotesandori
The lanterns looked spectacular against the greenery of Omotesandori
This Canon IXY camera fires off a shot of the parade. There will be plenty of Canons and Nikons at the Games
This Canon IXY camera fires off a shot of the parade. There will be plenty of Canons and Nikons at the Games
More lanterns adding their color and tone to the parade
More lanterns adding their color and tone to the parade
The Black on White is equally striking
The Black on White is equally striking
A cheering smile from this participant
A cheering smile from this participant
The mikoshi gets carried down the parade route
The mikoshi gets carried down the parade route
Some good facial reactions to the weight of the mikoshi
Some good facial reactions to the weight of the mikoshi
This mobile phone tries to snap a golden moment
This mobile phone tries to snap a golden moment
The mikoshi works its way through the crowd
The mikoshi works its way through the crowd
This display of lifting up lanters was amazing
This display of lifting up lanters was amazing, like a circus juggling act with the pole being balanced on ones head
The small kids were particularly adorable
The small kids were particularly adorable. How old will they be in 2016? High School?
A lot of rehearsals had obviously gone into some of these moves
A lot of rehearsals had obviously gone into some of these moves
... and these
... and these
Color and style in this performance
Color and style in this performance
The red and black were a great contrast
The red and black were a great contrast
The young kids blended in with the adults to provide a great performance
The young kids blended in with the adults to provide a great performance
As the flag unfurls the performance goes on beneath it
As the flag unfurls the performance goes on beneath it
Good to see the Police on top of the job making sure things go smoothly
Good to see the Police on top of the job making sure things go smoothly
The flag flies high as the parade goes down Omotesandori towards Harajuku
The flag flies high as the parade goes down Omotesandori towards Harajuku
The next group of dancers wait in line for their turn to begin
The next group of dancers wait in line for their turn to begin
Plenty of concentration on the faces here
Plenty of concentration on the faces here
Spectular outfits allowing the color and shape of the dance to change instantly
Spectular outfits allowing the color and shape of the dance to change instantly
Young and old participating and showing some great talent
Young and old participating and showing some great talent
Nice use of color with these pink kasa
Nice use of color with these pink kasa
Mixing up the variety of dance with some modern style
Mixing up the variety of dance with some modern style
When you have lived in Japan for a while, you learn sometimes it is best not to ask
When you have lived in Japan for a while, you learn sometimes it is best not to ask
More vivid colors with the red and gold
More vivid colors with the red and gold
The flags were great and this pink one made an interesting contrast
The flags were great and this pink one made an interesting contrast
Cheerleaders take center stage
Cheerleaders take center stage
The Tokyo 2016 Olympic Candidate City Flags
The Tokyo 2016 Olympic Candidate City Flags

After watching an event like this it is hard to remember all the different floats and participants. Looking back on these photos I felt like I had seen the event twice.

Which photo or scene above did you like the most? My favorites are #1, #17 and #29

You can see more information about Tokyo’s Bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at Tokoyo2016Today.com

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17 Comments on this Post

  1. whipcracker

    RT @Shibuya246: Tokyo 2016 Olympic Parade, Japan Photo-Post | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/EP3 All the photos are great, Tokyo Ganbaette !
    My faves are # 34 #36 and # 39. Photo # 28 looks like she is talking on her cell phone, but at further review, it’s just the way her hand is placed on her face. All the great sights and sounds, a great time for all that participated.

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  2. Amazing colors… Not to say that every single person is smiling and enjoying the moment.

    In #20 only one person is holding that?…they are lucky to do that event in a windless day… :P
    In #28 she looks like “Oh, why he is taking photos of me?, maybe he likes me” (and scratch her face like a moe embarrassed character) ^^;

    Definetly my fav is the #29…

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  3. Protocol Snow

    Great photos. I really hope Tokyo wins the Olympics bid!

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  4. PammyCastro

    Great photos AGAIN. Thanks for letting us in “Japan”. Another amazing experience felt like I was there. Well one day haha

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    • Thanks for compliment, and also for comment. Am hoping to create more of a community feel by having more comments and also maybe members posts. Always nice to hear from you.

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  5. Gordonator

    great photos! it will be interesting to see if japan wins, how will cosplay fit into the Olympics. (‘~’)

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    • I agree. If Japan does win, will the opening ceremony feature some famous anime characters, cosplay, manga ? Could be fun to watch. Who decides which ones to pick?

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      • The Envoy

        They’ll probably pick the best known ones -> Naruto, Bleach characters, Hatsune Miku………….and I’m hoping Haruhi.

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  6. My favorite is #5, nothing beats a Hatsune Miku cosplay^^ But #39 was particularly amusing because of the guys in the front, I won’t blame them though, I’d probably stand right there myself if I had the chance!

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  7. A lot of beautiful photos!! I like them so much^-^
    Japanese traditional culture is fantastic.
    But I think there is another interesting culture in Japan ….
    It is PACHINKO!! PACHINKO is a NEW sightseeing spot!
    It’s like casino but more casual one.
    If you got interested in PACHINKO, please check http://pachinko-play.com

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