Japanese - Term 2, 2021

Tokyo Olympics 2020 2021!

In December 2019, my friend in Tokyo sent me a Tokyo Olympics 2020 keyring as a Christmas/New Year gift. I feel this is now quite a memento of an event that never was - the challenges of 2020 caused this huge event to be postponed at great cost to Japan. However, if all goes to plan, on 23 July 2021, the Tokyo Olympics will open and the world will once again focus its attention on the world’s best sportsmen and women competing for gold.

However, Tokyo is facing huge challenges with coronavirus numbers not yet under control, and with immunisation rates very low three months out from the games. 

Unlike previous Olympic Games, there will be very few people watching the events live. Foreigners who are not competing will not be able to enter Japan under current visa restrictions. Even volunteer numbers will be many fewer than originally anticipated. However, some of the traditional events that precede the Olympics are underway. The Olympic torch is currently making its way through all of the 47 prefectures of Japan on a circuitous route to end up in Tokyo for the opening ceremony. 
You can follow its progress here: https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/torch/

Other excellent resources for teachers who would like to have the Olympics as part of their classroom programmes can be found at the following websites:

Offical Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 website (English language version)
https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/

ASIA NZ FOUNDATION (Tokyo Olympics and Tokyo Paralympics) 
https://www.asianz.org.nz/our-resources/educational-resources/

NZC and the Olympics: 
https://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-resources/National-events-and-the-NZC/2021-Tokyo-Olympics

Tokyo Olympics Education page:
https://education.tokyo2020.org/en/teach/texts/

Article written by: Belinda Sydenham, Acting Programme Manager, Future Learning Solutions - Centre for Languages