‘Requiem and rebirth’ to be theme of Tokyo 2020

Tokyo, Jul 31 (Agencies): | Publish Date: 8/1/2018 1:49:00 AM IST

The newly-appointed creative directors of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics opening and closing ceremonies said on Tuesday spectators will see a mix of traditional and modern Japanese culture.

An acclaimed actor of traditional Japanese kyogen comic theater, chief executive creative director Nomura Mansai, aims to portray Japan’s recovery from disaster to a global audience under a theme of “requiem and rebirth.”
“First and foremost, this is a Games for reconstruction, to show that people have suffered from conflicts and events in our recent past,” Mansai told reporters at a press conference. “We will keep the ceremony simple while honoring and expressing the spirit of Japan.”
Mansai said the eight creative directors will share expertise in their respective fields as they work together to craft visuals for the Olympics and Paralympics. Film director Takashi Yamazaki and ad agency creative director Hiroshi Sasaki join Mansai on the production team. “I’m from the classic performing arts, so a lot of it may be based on my own personal sense as a kyogen actor,” Mansai said.
“But the diversity of these leading figures in their own respective industries will be key. Each person has great talent and they are a wonderful group of people -- we cannot do without any one of them.”
When asked how the creative team would accomplish their expansive goal with less than two years to go, Mansai was reluctant to give details but said the ceremonies will touch on themes such as recovery and humility in the wake of the March 2011 disaster.
But Mansai emphasized that the ceremonies will not feature iconic examples of Japanese culture for their own sake, but will emphasize similarities with other cultures around the world.

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