2020 Olympics Mixes 1964 Games Heritage with Modern Japan

Seven 2020 competition venues have been used for more than five decades

São Paulo

Tokyo's new Olympic stadium for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games illustrates the union between the past and present.

The event in Japan will start in six months, July 24, and will run until August 9. The Paralympic Games run from August 25 to September 6.

The structure of the main stage of Tokyo is recent, opened in December 2019, but built where the old Olympic stadium was, standing for the 1964 edition of the event.

Sapporo Odori Park. Credit Kyodo News

This year, the venue will host the opening and closing ceremonies, football games, and athletics events.

Kengo Kuma's architectural project uses wooden elements that complement traditional Japanese culture and also a glass ceiling to enjoy the natural sunlight better.

The 1964 edition symbolized for the world the emergence of Japan, which longed to return to the elite of the global powers after the country's occupation by the Allied troops at the end of the Second World War.

Those who visit the nation to attend this year's Olympics will encounter not only historic buildings but also huge commercial convention centers and artificial islands, the result of the commercial expansion of their capital at the end of the 20th century.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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