Tokyo 2020: Opening Ceremony: gallery
It had kabuki, treadmills, drones, masks and Naomi Osaka. The Games are on.
After a 12 month delay, and enormous trepidation, Tokyo 2020 officially lit up the Olympic Stadium last night amid a State of Emergency.
It was a largely cultural event but one without crowds, save for VIP invitees.
Masks were mandatory for everyone in stadium and social-distancing was pervasive, if not always universal.
The 4 hour event included kabuki, treadmills, paper doves, tap dancing, wooden rings, piano playing, pictograms, and acknowledgment of Japan’s frontline workers.
A moment with drones above the stadium recreating the 2020 symbol and a world map was a magical highlight.
Tennis champion Naomi Osaka lit the cauldron as the climax of the evening.
Social media however did react to commercials and questioned if Seven’s broadcast was Live to air. Some tweets indicated vision was visible elsewhere before on Seven. However ads seemed to reduce as the broadcast went on, particularly 110 mins uninterrupted during the Parade of Nations.
The Games continue on Seven until August 8.