Sunday night, I attended the Olympic Concert 2009 hosted by NHK, at NHK Hall. With Tokyo bidding to get the 2016 Olympic Games, and the decision on that being announced less than 3 months away on October 2, 2009, there was plenty of interest in the event.
There was a table laid out with banners and flags to be signed in support of the bid. This was a popular area with everyone wanting to get their message included before the concert started. I managed to squeeze in and write a quick ‘Go Tokyo 2016’ message.
There was no filming allowed inside the NHK hall so unfortunately cant show you any pix of the atmosphere. The concert was a classical music concert with anecdotal speeches from a number of past and present Olympians.
There was also an introduction of some Japan Olympic training members who are currently enrolled as elite athletes to train for future Games in the areas of table tennis, wrestling and fencing. Looks like Japan is working on some new talent for the upcoming London 2012 Games and then further on to the 2016 Games.
It is great to see the city getting behind the Bid. As the time draws closer to the decision and the reality of Tokyo being a strong contender is felt, I am sure there will be more events that attract the public’s attention. If Tokyo is chosen for 2016, there will be a sudden increase in that support and the atmosphere will become very festive indeed.
The official site for the Tokyo2016 Bid campaign contains a lot more information about the Games.