Monday, June 9, 2008

Komazawa Olympics Park

Today, a friend brought me to Komazawa Stadium, just a few kilometers west of Shibuya, to watch the some Track and Field Event. Its an annual inter-college/university competition within the schools in Tokyo.

It was raining slightly, and there wasnt much crowd. Rather, everyone was hiding under their umbrellas at some sheltered corner of the stadium. sob sob..

There were so many participants and we couldnt figure out who was from our school, so we just randomly cheered and jeered when every race started.. LOL...

What fascinated me that day was not the race itself, but rather the location. It was a huge public park, with a large number of sports facilities around - soccer field, hockey court, sports halls, indoor swimming pool, stadium etc etc.

But the weird thing was, every building looks somewhat old and yellowish... Japan is so rich.. why dont they just upgrade/rebuild this place??!!!

And right in the centre of everything, there was this weird-looking Tower:

Oh my god!! I just realised that i was standing at ground zero of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics village!!! This tower was where the olympics flame was held then!!

Impressive... considering the fact that all the buildings here are at least 50 years old, they are pretty well maintained and still in usable state :)

Today, 50 years down the road, Tokyo is again bidding to host the Olympics (2016 summer)
You see advertisements like these all over the country:
Their theme is (結ぶ Musubu) which means to tie/bind/link, just like the pic of the knot belowFinal results will be out in late 2009. The other 3 competiting cities who successfully got into the final round are:
Madrid(Spain), Chicago(US) and Rio de Janeiro(Brazil).
Tokyo got the highest points in the last eliminating round among the other candidate cities, of course. (Followed by Madrid, then Chicago)
Lets just hope that the Olpmpic touch goes back to Japan this time round... : )

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