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The summer Olympics will return to Tokyo after a wait of 56 years.

Here is a venue guide offered by a japanese newspaper for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics based on plans submitted by the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee. 2

1. Olympic Stadium;Opening/Closing Ceremony-Athletics, Football, Rugby

2. Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium-Table Tennis

3. Yoyogi National Stadium-Handball

4. Nippon Budokan-Judo

5. Imperial Palace garden-Cycling (road: start)

6. Tokyo International Forum-Weightlifting

7. Ariake Arena-Volleyball

8. Olympic BMX Course-Cycling (BMX)

9. Olympic Velodrome-Cycling (track)

10. Olympic Gymnastic Center-Gymnastic

11. Ariake Tennis Park-Tennis

12. Odaiba Marine Park-Triathlon, Aquatics (marathon swimming)

13. Shiokaze Park-Beach Volleyball

14. Tokyo Big Sight Hall A-Wrestling

15. Tokyo Big Sight Hall B-Fencing, Taekwondo

16. Sea Forest Cross-Country Course-Equestrian (evening)

17. Sea Forest Waterway-Rowing, Canoe-kayak (sprint)

18. Sea Forest Mountain Bike Course-Cycling (mountain bike)

19. Wakasu Olympic Marina-Sailing

20. Kasai Slalom Course-Canoe-Kayak (slalom)

21. Youth Plaza Arena A-Badminton

22. Youth Plaza Arena B-Basketball

23. Dream Island Archery Field-Archery

24. Dream Island Stadium-Equestrian (jumping, dressage, eventing)

25. Olympic Aquatics Center-Aquatics (swimming, diving, synchronized swimming)

26. Waterpolo Arena-Aquatics (waterpolo)

27. Seaside Park Hockey Stadium-Hockey

28. Kokugikan Arena-Boxing

29. Musashino Forest Sport Center-Modern Pentathlon (fencing)

30. Tokyo Stadium-Football, Modern Pentathlon (swimming)

31. Musashino Forest Park-Cycling (road: finish)

32. Asaka Shooting Range-Shooting

33. Kasumigaseki Country Club-Golf

34. Sapporo Dome-Football

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Various events were organized in Tokyo on Sept. 8 to celebrate the International Olympic Committee’s selection of Japan’s capital to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. This will be first time since 1964 for the Games to be held in Tokyo. The Olympics and Paralympics are scheduled to be held from July 24 to Aug. 9 and from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6, 2020, respectively, under the theme “Discover Tomorrow.”

“Thank you” in both English and Japanese is spelled out by a crowd gathered in front of Tokyo City Hall on Sep. 8th.

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For Japanese people, this news was really good news…We have still been getting together to help someone in trouble of the Disaster recovery from the Tohoku Earthquake, and we believe that Japan is going to get recover, but we know this is a job that requires patience for all Japanese. This decision of host city for 2020 Olympics surely encouraged us. Thank you everyone in the world…

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An Olympic flame burns at the National Stadium in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The stadium was the main venue for the 1964 Summer Olympics, and the flame was lit again to celebrate the selection of the capital as the site for the 2020 Games. The stadium will also be used for the 2020 Games after a major renovation.

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Pedestrians receive copies of the newspaper’s extra on Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, on Sept. 8th.

Arigatou!9

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“We often have unusual weather this summer in Japan.”

 

Everyone’s saying it almost everyday and everywhere recently because unfortunately there were heavy rain from typhoons and many heavy thundery rain throughout Japan. In addition, tornados caused damage in many areas around Kanto region; Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, and Gunma prefectures a few days ago.

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The report of Japan Meteorological Agency says that there are a few damages all around Japan every year, but the damages were sot so enormous so far, and we have heard the tornado damage in the United States, so we were not so serious about the tornado compering with the U.S. damages’. However, the recent damages by tornados gave a shock and experiencing a sudden sense of danger to Japanese people, this tornado problem is getting recognized as a serious one.

Are these damages caused by unusual weather in Japan? I suppose we could say that, and also we could not say that. Isn’t there freakish weather in your country? I suppose there might be freakish weather in many countries around the world.

Anyway, because I do not have a knowledge and skill of the discussion about the environmental topics here, I want to tell this.

In Japan, from September to around the end of October, many typhoons are approaching because of autumn rain front. Because of the rain front, the state of air becomes unstable and it causes Typhoons, Heavy Rain, Thundery Rain, and Tornados…in short, there is a sign of the approach of autumn, although it has been still hot and humid.

Autumn is the season I like best in Japan. Have you been to Japan in Autumn? It is getting cool and confortable from around Oct. 10th, so if you have a chance, please visit to Japan at the season!

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I will introduce  about autumn in Japan to you later!

have a nice day!

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The ninth day of the ninth month was known as the “Choyo” Festival or the Chrysanthemum Festival.

It is influenced by the Chinese idea of regarding number 9 ( Sep.9th  is two 9s. the same lucky odd numbers is “Choyo“) as lucky day, so people who celebrate the festival drink sake with chrysanthemum petals on, eat rice mixed with Japanese chestnuts, and pray their health and longevity.

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In Japan, there are many traditional and historical events through year, some of them are“ The five seasonal festivals”. These festivals were originally celebrated for driving away evil spirits at the change of seasons, then they were considered as Tokugawa Shogunate’s official events around 17th century.

The five seasonal festivals: January 7th-“Rice Porridge with Seven Herbs of Spring”, March 3th-“Girls’ Festival”, May5th-“Boys’ festival”, July7th-“Star Festival”, September9th-“Chrysanthemum Festival”.

 

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Chrysanthemums originally came from China, but chrysanthemums and cherry blossoms are both considered typical Japanese flowers. The chrysanthemums were believed to be auspicious flowers denoting longevity and eternal youth, and they were used as medicinal herbs in China.

 

Painters in China and Japan preferred to paint the chrysanthemum, orchid, bamboo, and ume (Japanese plum) flower, which were regarded as the four noble flowers, drawing in India ink. The chrysanthemum is also closely related to the Imperial Family. A chrysanthemum crest is used as the Imperial crest. It is an open chrysanthemum with sixteen complete radiated petals. The Imperial Court used to hold a banquet for chrysanthemum viewing on the day of the Chrysanthemum (Choyo) Festival. Today, chrysanthemum doll exhibitions and chrysanthemum flower shows take place in many places throughout Japan around September 9th.

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Gokigenyo!9

 

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