With the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics kicking off this week, immerse yourself in the spirit of the Games with a sports and art showcase in Nihonbashi. The district celebrates the biggest sports competition in the world with the Olympic Agora, an exclusive event featuring historic exhibitions and impressive contemporary works of art, from July 1 to August 15.
the Exhibition of the Olympic Spirit features 145 items from previous Olympic Games, including posters, torches, medals and opening ceremonial costumes. It is located on the third floor of the Coredo Muromachi terrace and is divided into three sections: the power of history / culture, the power of sport and the power of hope.
The Olympic Spirit Exhibition is free and open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Advanced online reservations are required, although you may be able to secure a walk-in spot on a quiet day. Virtual tours are also available on the exhibition site website.
Just outside the Coredo Muromachi Terrace, you can see ‘The Audience’, a sculpture by world famous French artist Xavier Veilhan which was specially commissioned by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage. This colorful creation shows five people of different generations, each the color of one of the Olympic rings.
Nearby is Podium Memories from digital art group Moment Factory. It consists of three screens arranged like an Olympic podium showing excerpts from victorious moments of the Games. If you stand in front of the artwork and move your legs, the screens will start showing dynamic figures based on your movement.
Head to the underpass at Mitsukoshimae Station to see a range of Tokyo 2020-inspired greats noren (traditional Japanese fabric curtains) made by six Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including British-American volleyball player Ciara Michel and Slovak track athlete Slaven Dizdarevik.
On the first floor of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower stands a 10m high replica of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medal. The building is open to visitors. every day from 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m..
Finally, in Fukutoku no Mori square in front of the Coredo Muromachi terrace, “Solidarity and collaboration” by contemporary artist Makoto Toji is an impressive mesh sculpture of a baton passing in a relay race. The work is even more striking at night, when it is lit in different colors.
More information on the Olympic Agora is available on the website website.
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