Lantern Festival Boosts Tokyo 2016 Bid

More than 40,000 Japanese people lit up the sky boosting Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. They were attending Tokyo’s annual Lantern by the Bay Festival billed as a Tokyo 2016 support event being held at the proposed site of the Olympic Triathlon competition.

A Tokyo 2016 press release said more than 50,000 lanterns flickered in the night’s sky as a symbol of hope for the bid.

Supporters of the bid created 12 special illuminations including images of a swimmer, a boat and a diver; and a green lamp-making session using recycled materials was held before the festival began.

According to Tokyo 2016 the highlight of the evening was the impression of the Musubi knot – the logo that symbolizes Tokyo 2016’s “Musubi Promise” to unite Green with 2016, youth with sport, old and new Japan, heritage and innovation, and the Games with city life.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “it’s an honour to once again see thousands of Japanese people coming out to events to support Tokyo 2016. This is just a taste of the excitement for the Olympic Movement in Japan. This passion builds on the support of more than 70 per cent of the Japanese population already backing the bid.

“By bringing together people of all ages and generating a real sense of unity and celebration amongst the local community, the Lantern at the Bay Festival is an early example of how Tokyo 2016 will meet the commitments of our Musubi Promise and host unique Games that will leave an incredible legacy for generations to come”.