Tokyo 2020; Introduction to Tokyo (10)

In 2020, Tokyo will host the XXXII Olympic Summer Games. The city also hosted the 1964 Olympics. Over the next years we’ll explore this fascinating and hectic metropolis in a serie of blog posts. Topics include: urban sprawl, architecture and infrastucture.


Magazine: MAS Context 24 / Tokyo

From the publisher:

Welcome to our Tokyo issue. This issue explores the value of embracing subjectivity and personal recordings of cities while exploring the biggest metropolitan area in the world. Guest edited by illustrator and editorial designer Luis Mendo, it builds upon his love for the city, the drawing event PauseDraw, and his continued exploration of the city through drawing. Through drawings by thirteen artists and words by another eight contributors, the issue ultimately reveals Tokyo’s built environment, its culture, its people, and some of the aspects that make it one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

Contributions by Lee Basford, Andrew Browne, Anselm Dästner, Christian Dimmer, Masaki Endoh, fala, Ghosttthead, Hama-House, Adrian Hogan, Andrew Joyce, Shu Kuge, Grace Lee, Chip Lord, Luis Mendo, Joey Meuross, Craig Mod, neji_maki_dori, David Robert, Terry Satomi, Mariya Suzuki, and Tama-chan.

This issue is guest edited by illustrator and editorial designer Luis Mendo.


Download the PDF or purchase a copy here.

Tokyo 2020; Exhibition: The History of Sport in Japan – From the Edo Period to the Tokyo Olympics (Edo-Tokyo Museum)

From casual pastimes to competitions and world records, “sport” in its various forms ignites the passions of people the world over. Through a wide range of exhibits which includes objects used by athletes, this exhibition looks at the history of sports, from the sport-like exercises and games of the Edo period, to the acceptance and popularization of modern sports from the Meiji era onwards, and Japan’s participation in the Olympics and later hosting of the games in Tokyo.

Exhibition Period: Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 25 August

Holidays: Mondays (Except July 15 and August 12) and Tuesday, July 16

Admission: Adults: 1,000 yen, College and Vocational students, High school students, Junior high school students and Seniors (65 and over): 500 yen, and Junior high school students living or commuting to Tokyo, Elementary school students and younger: Free





Edo-Tokyo Museum – Photo: Martijn Giebels

Tokyo 2020; Video: Olympic Stadium 90% complete


Other venues

Tokyo 2020; Test Events Schedule (July 2019) + New website

Schedule – As of 2 July 2019

9-16 September 2018Enoshima Yacht HarbourSailingSailing's World Cup Series EnoshimaWorld Sailing/Japan Sailing Federation
5-7 October 2018Tatsumi Water Polo CentreAquatics (Water Polo)Japan Swimming ChampionshipsJapan Swimming Federation
27-30 June 2019AGF Field / Musashino Forest Sport PlazaModern Pentathlon2019 UIPM World Cup FinalUnion Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) / Modern Pentathlon Association of Japan (MPAJ)
6-7 July 2019Tokyo International ForumWeightliftingREADY STEADY TOKYO - WeightliftingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games / Japan Weightlifting Association
12-18 July 2019Yumenoshima Park Archery FieldArcheryREADY STEADY TOKYO - ArcheryThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
18-21 July 2019Tsurigasaki Surfing BeachSurfingREADY STEADY TOKYO - SurfingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
21 July 2019Start : Musashinonomori Park / Finish : Fuji International SpeedwayCycling (Road)READY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (Road)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
23-28 July 2019Musashino Forest Sport PlazaBadmintonDaihatsu Yonex Japan Open 2019 Badminton ChampionshipsNippon Badminton Association
24-28 July 2019Shiokaze ParkVolleyball (Beach)FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2019 4-star TokyoFédération Internationale de Volleyball
7-11 August 2019Sea Forest WaterwayRowing2019 World Rowing Junior ChampionshipsWorld Rowing Federation
11 August 2019Odaiba Marine ParkAquatics (Marathon Swimming)READY STEADY TOKYO - Aquatics (Marathon Swimming)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
12-14 August 2019Equestrian Park / Sea Forest Cross-Country CourseEquestrian (Eventing)READY STEADY TOKYO - Equestrian (Eventing)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games / Japan Equestrian Federation
14-16 August 2019Kasumigaseki Country ClubGolf25th 2019 Japan Junior Golf ChampionshipJapan Golf Association
15-18 August 2019Odaiba Marine ParkTriathlon2019 Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event / 2019 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Tokyo / 2019 Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World CupITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event Executive Committee
17-21 August 2019Oi Hockey StadiumHockeyREADY STEADY TOKYO - HockeyThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
17-22 August 2019 (with pre-competition activities 15-16 August 2019)Enoshima Yacht HarbourSailingREADY STEADY TOKYO - SailingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games / Japan Sailing Federation
22-25 August 2019Saitama Super ArenaBasketballInternational Basketball Games 2019 / International Women's Basketball Games Mitsui Fudosan CupJapan Basketball Association
25 August - 1 September 2019Nippon BudokanJudoWorld Judo Championships 2019International Judo Federation
6-8 September 2019 (9 Sep. 2019)Nippon BudokanKarate (Kata / Kumite)2019 Karate 1 - Premier League Tokyo READY STEADY TOKYO - Karate on the following day of 2019 Karate 1 - Premier League Tokyo)World Karate Federation (The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games)
12-15 September 2019Sea Forest WaterwayCanoe (Sprint)READY STEADY TOKYO - Canoe (Sprint)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
15 September 2019Meijijingu Gaien (Start / Finish)Athletics (Marathon)Marathon Grand ChampionshipJapan Association of Athletics Federations
26-27 September 2019Tokyo International ForumPowerliftingREADY STEADY TOKYO - PowerliftingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games / Japanese Para-powerlifting Federation
27-28 September 2019Makuhari Messe Hall ATaekwondoREADY STEADY TOKYO - TaekwondoThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
28-29 September 2019Makuhari Messe Hall CGoalball2019 Japan Para Goalball ChampionshipsJapanese Para-Sports Association
3-5 October 2019Makuhari Messe Hall AWrestlingREADY STEADY TOKYO - WrestlingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
5-6 October 2019Fukushima Azuma Baseball StadiumSoftball52nd Japan Women’s Softball League - Division 1 Section 8 in FukushimaJapan Softball Association / Japan Women's Softball League Organization
6 October 2019Izu MTB CourseCycling (Mountain Bike)READY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (Mountain Bike)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
12-13 October 2019Ariake Urban Sports ParkCycling (BMX Racing)READY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (BMX Racing)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
23 October - 3 November 2019Ariake Tennis ParkTennisThe 94th Mitsubishi All Japan Tennis ChampionshipsJapan Tennis Association
25-27 October 2019Kasai Canoe Slalom CentreCanoe (Slalom)READY STEADY TOKYO - Canoe (Slalom)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
29-31 October 2019Kokugikan ArenaBoxingREADY STEADY TOKYO - BoxingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
6-10 November 2019Tokyo Metropolitan GymnasiumTable TennisZEH-NOH 2019 ITTF Team World Cup, TokyoInternational Table Tennis Federation
13-17 November 2019Yoyogi National StadiumPara BadmintonJapan Para-Badminton International 2019Japan Para-Badminton Federation Inc.
21-24 November 2019Yoyogi National StadiumHandballJapan Cup 2019 Tokyo / 71st Japan Handball Championship, Men's DivisionJapan Handball Association
28 November - 1 December 2019Ariake Gymnastics CentreGymnastics (Trampoline)34th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World ChampionshipsFédération Internationale de Gymnastique / Japan Gymnastics Association
13-15 December 2019Makuhari Messe Hall BFencingPrince Takamado Trophy World CupFederation Japonaise d’Escrime
28 February - 1 March 2020Ariake Gymnastics CentreBoccia2020 Japan Para Championships BocciaJapanese Para-Sports Association
6-8 March 2020Aomi Urban Sports ParkSport ClimbingREADY STEADY TOKYO - Sport ClimbingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
12-15 March 2020Yoyogi National StadiumWheelchair Rugby2020 Japan Para Wheelchair Rugby ChampionshipsJapanese Para-Sports Association
4-5 April 2020Ariake Gymnastics CentreGymnastics (Artistic)FIG 2020 Artistic Gymnastics All-Around World Cup TokyoFédération Internationale de Gymnastique / Japan Gymnastics Association
6 April 2020Ariake Gymnastics CentreGymnastics (Rhythmic)READY STEADY TOKYO - Gymnastics (Rhythmic)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
11-12 April 2020Izu VelodromeCycling (Track)READY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (Track)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
11-12 April 2020Tatsumi Water Polo CentreAquatics (Water Polo)Test MatchJapan Swimming Federation
14-15 April 2020Tokyo Aquatics CentreAquatics (Swimming)READY STEADY TOKYO - Aquatics (Swimming)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
16 April 2020 Tokyo Aquatics CentrePara SwimmingREADY STEADY TOKYO - Para SwimmingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
18-25 April 2020Asaka Shooting RangeShootingREADY STEADY TOKYO - ShootingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
21-26 April 2020Tokyo Aquatics CentreAquatics (Diving)FINA Diving World Cup 2020Fédération Internationale de Natation
21-26 April 2020Ariake ArenaVolleyball2020 Volleyball International Friendly Games (TBC)Japan Volleyball Association
22 April 2020Ariake Urban Sports ParkSkateboardingREADY STEADY TOKYO - SkateboardingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
25-26 April 2020 (or only 1day either on 25 or 26 Apr.)Ajinomoto StadiumRugbyAsia Sevens Invitational 2020 (TBC)Japan Rugby Football Union (TBC)
April 2020 (TBC)Ariake Urban Sports ParkCycling (BMX Freestyle)READY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (BMX Freestyle)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
30 April - 3 May 2020Tokyo Aquatics CentreAquatics (Artistic Swimming)FINA Artistic Swimming Olympic Games Qualification Tournament 2020Fédération Internationale de Natation
2-6 May 2020
Aomi Urban Sports ParkBasketball (3x3)International Basketball 3x3 Games 2020 (TBC)Japan Basketball Association
2-3 May 2020Olympic StadiumPara Athletics2020 Japan Para Athletics ChampionshipsJapanese Para-Sports Association
5-6 May 2020Olympic StadiumAthleticsTokyo Challenge Track Meet 2020Japan Association of Athletics Federations




Tokyo 2020; Boxing: Event Programme and Athlete Quota

The Tokyo 2020 boxing event programme and athlete quotas as approved this morning by the IOC members during the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne:

Men’s events (8)

Weight Categories (kg) Athletes
Fly (48kg to 52kg) 28
Feather (52kg to 57kg) 28
Light (57kg to 63kg) 28
Welter (63kg to 69kg) 24
Middle (69kg to 75kg) 24
Light Heavy (75kg to 81kg) 22
Heavy (81kg to 91kg) 16
Super Heavy (91kg to +91kg) 16
Total 186


Women’s events (5)

Weight Categories (kg) Athletes
Fly (48kg to 51kg) 26
Feather (54kg to 57kg) 20
Light (57kg to 60kg) 20
Welter (64kg to 69kg) 18
Middle (69kg to 75kg) 16
Total 100


Read more

IOC Executive Board approves qualification pathway for athletes in boxing on the road to Tokyo 2020
Following the recommendations made on 22 May 2019 by the IOC EB to keep the boxing tournament on the Tokyo 2020 sports programme while suspending the recognition of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA), the IOC EB added further proposals to ensure the delivery of the qualification events and the boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020. They will immediately come into force if the IOC Session approves the IOC EB recommendations of 22 May 2019.

Read more: Press release

Tokyo 2020; Construction update 9 new venues (June 2019)

新国立競技場 New National Stadium


Venue Scheduled completion date
Musashino Forest Sport Plaza March 2017 (completed)
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field February 2019 (completed)
Sea Forest Waterway May 2019 (completed)
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre May 2019 (completed)
Oi Hockey Stadium Construction will be completed soon.
Ariake Gymnastics Centre October 2019
Olympic Stadium November 2019
Ariake Arena December 2019
Tokyo Aquatics Centre February 2020

Tokyo 2020; Sea Forest Waterway Completed


Press release by Tokyo 2020:

Tokyo 2020 Sea Forest Waterway Completed
With More than A Year To Go Until The Olympic Games Open

Tokyo, 18 June 2019 – The Sea Forest Waterway, a new permanent venue to be used during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, was officially inaugurated last Sunday. With more than a year to go until the Games open, the delivery of this new permanent venue shows Tokyo’s preparations are well on track.

The venue will host the Rowing and Canoe Sprint competitions at the Olympic Games and the Rowing and Canoe competitions during the Paralympic Games. Constructed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on a waterfront site, which is also located close to central Tokyo, the venue will offer stunning views of the Tokyo Bay and of the Tokyo Gate Bridge to the athletes, spectators and broadcasters alike.

The field of play is protected from the effect of waves, currents and tides by wave absorbers and two dams. The venue also includes start facilities, a finish tower, a timing hut, a boathouse, pontoons, and a 2,000-seat grandstand. Additional temporary seating and standing areas will be available during the Games so that the Sea Forest Waterway can host a maximum of 16,000 spectators.

The layout of the venue is based on the Tokyo 2020 Accessibility Guidelines, with the facility designed to be accessible to all, including the elderly, people with impairments, parents with infant strollers and those with guide dogs. It has universally-designed toilets and wheelchair-accessible seats in areas designed with enough height difference between the rows of seating to ensure that those in wheelchairs can see clearly, even if spectators in front of them stand up. The venue also has solar panels and other state-of-the-art technology to help reducing the facility’s carbon footprint.

The opening of yet another venue marks a great achievement and shows the readiness of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for the first wave of test events this summer and for hosting the Olympic Games in just 402 days.

An opening ceremony took place today with Japanese Paralympians, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, the Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Shunichi Suzuki, World Rowing President JeanChristophe Rolland, and Japan Canoe Federation Honorary Chairman Yasuo Fukuda.

Said Rolland, “Today we see the efforts of years of hard work come to fruition with the official opening of the Sea Forest Waterway rowing course. This is truly an Olympic-standard regatta venue and I know it will help make for a fabulous rowing regatta at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is also designed with sustainability in mind with the Sea Forest Waterway being an asset to local, national and international rowing for years to come. On behalf of FISA I would like to thank you and express my gratitude to all the contributors and specifically to TMG and Governor Koike who have made this fantastic project a reality.”

To celebrate the opening, the Japan Rowing Association organised special races in which Japanese Olympians, the world-famous Oxford and Cambridge alumni boat teams, some well-known Japanese
university rowing teams, and para athletes took part.

The legacy of this new permanent venue has already been planned. Following the Tokyo 2020 Games, the course will be used for international rowing and canoe competitions, and will become one of the premier locations in Asia for water sports, with the aim to host multiple events annually, starting with the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in August which will also serve as a test event.

The Sea Forest Waterway will also be open to the general public, rowing and canoe classes as well as other activities will be organised and it will become a place where Tokyo residents can enjoy water sports and leisure activities.

Tokyo 2020; Flower Lane Project

17 June 2019. Tokyo 2020 today revealed details of the Tokyo 2020 Flower Lane project. This project engages schoolchildren in prefectures that are hosting Olympic and Paralympic events in the planting of seeds to grow flowers that will be used in place of traditional partitions to create attractive natural barriers at pedestrian screening areas in front of venues. (Image: Tokyo2020)