Anime, Technology on Offer as Japan Promote 2020 Games

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Security personnel pass by the Tokyo 2020 Japan House during a media preview in Gangneung
Security personnel pass by the Tokyo 2020 Japan House during a media preview in Gangneung, South Korea, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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By Elaine Lies and Jack Tarrant
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters)

Traditional paper cranes and some of the latest technology are on offer as Japan seeks to promote itself as the host of the next Olympic Games in 2020, with organizers hoping to inherit the enthusiasm and fervor of Pyeongchang 2018 hosts

Tokyo will host the summer games for the second time, following the tremendously successful 1964 Olympics, and organizers have brought a large delegation to Pyeongchang to learn how to host them successfully.

 

Yukihiko Nunomura, Vice Director General and COO of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games speaks during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung
Yukihiko Nunomura, Vice Director General and COO of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games speaks during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung, South Korea, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also arrive in South Korea on Friday to attend the opening ceremonies.

But on Thursday it was all about introducing the fun side of Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Japan House, which opens to the public as the Games officially get going on Friday.

 

A visitor is scanned to add her images to an animation during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung
A visitor is scanned to add her images to an animation during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung, South Korea, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

On offer were cameras allowing visitors to imprint their face on paper used to make traditional folded cranes and others that create life-size avatars that then romp through typical Tokyo street scenes on a huge screen.

 

Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Senior Director of Events and Promotions of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, speaks during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung
Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Senior Director of Events and Promotions of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, speaks during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung, South Korea, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

“We will see an unprecedented run of three consecutive Olympics in Asia – Pyeongchang 2018, Tokyo in 2020 and Beijing in 2022 – a chance for all Asia to cooperate to make these fun,” said Yukihiro Nunomura, Chief Operating Officer at Tokyo 2020.

 

 

Pyeongchang will start this off and we expect this to be a huge success and that this baton can then be passed to Tokyo, so we inherit their enthusiasm and fervor.”

The Tokyo 2020 games will be Japan’s fourth run at the Olympics. Besides Tokyo in 1964, it has hosted the Winter Games twice – Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998.

 

People stand next to a machine which prints photographs of the visitors during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung
People stand next to a machine which prints photographs of the visitors during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung, South Korea, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

Tokyo planners have struggled with surging costs and construction delays, especially with the new national stadium, but the International Olympic Committee has repeatedly said it is pleased with how preparations are going.

 

(Reporting by Elaine Lies and Jack Tarrant, writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

 

A visitor leaves after attending the Tokyo 2020 Japan House during a media preview in Gangneung
A visitor leaves after attending the Tokyo 2020 Japan House during a media preview in Gangneung, South Korea, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

Visitors are seen during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung
Visitors are seen during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung, South Korea, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

Animation of a visitor is seen on a monitor as she is scanned to add her images to an animation during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung
Animation of a visitor is seen on a monitor as she is scanned to add her images to an animation during the Tokyo 2020 Japan House media preview in Gangneung, South Korea, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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