Before we dip into the content here, I have a spiel for you. If you don’t want it and just want the news about the 2020 games in Tokyo, skip down to the bold text.
Here at BentoByte, we try to cultivate a culture of understanding and curiosity when it comes to cultures there are different from are own. We believe understanding different perspectives is not only something that is important in modern society, it’s a path towards a sort of global empathy that the world desperately needs.
That being said, every two years there comes a certain unique time. A time of fun and thoughtless pride in one’s country. A time where, in a most polite competitive spirit, it becomes acceptable to raise our middle fingers to the rest of the world and collectively say “Fuck yeah USA! Everyone else can eat a dick!” (I guess you can insert your country in place of “USA”.)
That time is the Olympic Games. The origins of the Olympics date back to ancient Greece but the modern Olympic Games date back to 1896 when the IOC (International Olympic Committee) hosted the first international Olympic Games in Athens. Since 1924 the Olympics Games were hosted every four years until 1994 when the games began alternating pattern between the Winter and Summer games every two years. (Skip 1940 and 1944. World War II may have provided enough of a reason to skip the Olympics.)
Spiel and history lesson over. With the 2016 Rio Olympic Games coming to a close, it’s time to start looking forward. The 2018 Winter games will be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But after tonight, we’re really looking forward to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. This is mainly due to the way Japan announced it’s excitement to host the games.
During the closing ceremony of the 2016 games, Japan used Mario to give us a teaser for the 2020 games. Traveling through a pipe from Tokyo, Mario made his way to Rio for the closing ceremony. In actuality, this Mario was Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (as well as a graphic.) Certainly an interesting way to announce for a country to welcome the world in for the next iteration of the Summer Olympic games.Tweet