Olympics 2020 opening ceremony to employ characters as appeal for peace

The opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics will employ characters from famous animation industry of Japan as part of its appeal for peace, according to games sources.

The theme of the 2020 Tokyo opening ceremony will be coexistence among different races all around the world with animated characters that deliver the meaningful message of peace through sport in an easily accessible way.

One idea being considered is for rival characters to shake hands meanwhile calling for an Olympic cease-fire during the games. To keep with recent custom, the host nation proposed a resolution at the United Nations last December for an Olympic truce that was unanimously adopted.

In 2016, iconic Japanese animation characters like Hello Kitty, legendary soccer player Captain Tsubasa, and robotic cat Doraemon took part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics closing ceremony. Prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe also played a role, making a dramatic entrance in the guise of Mario in Super Mario Bros.

The games sources also said the game character might take center stage during the 2020 Olympic opening ceremony.

To take place in the newly built 60,000-seat National Stadium in the capital Tokyo, the sources said the bird of peace, papercraft doves, could also be used in order to send out the message of peace to billions of visitors across the globe on one of the most-watched events in the world.

The opening ceremony, which might involve people riding in flying cars, will also be a platform for the technology of Japan. Next-generation energy source hydrogen has been settled on as a fuel for the sphere-shaped Olympic cauldron.

In a time as divisions along the lines of nationalism as well as the gap in wealth are becoming more and more acute around the world, the organizers seek to emphasize peaceful coexistence when athletes from different backgrounds gather and compete.

The games organizers envision the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Olympics as coordinated elements of a four-part series to be staged by performer in Japan’s traditional Kyogen comic theater Nomura Mansai.

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