Tokyo2016 Olympic Bid at Japan kindergarten
An event to celebrate the participation of Tokyo as a bidding city for the 2016 Olympics was held on June 13th, 2009 at Fukuda Kindergarten in Tokyo, Japan.
Among those attending were Yoshinori Sakai, who was the torch bearer for the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In 1964, Sakai-san was a 19 year old Waseda University student. Having been born in Hiroshima on 6th August 1945 Sakai-san had experienced first hand the devastation caused by war, and grew up during the rapid economic rebuilding period.
In the official interview after the events Sakai-san talked about his memories of the 1964 Games saying that all of Japan had come together to show the world how Japan had succeeded in its economic development, and to promote the message of peace.
The kindergarten event included a relay by the children, a trampoline performance by Yasuhiro Ueyama (2006 trampoline world champion), and the planting of a memorial tree.
A blog persepctive of this story can be found at Shibuya