Small decorative Noren. (Tokyo 2020)
(ATR) Organizers for Tokyo 2020 opens shop for the Games in Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto on Thursday.
The outlet is located inside one of Japan’s well known Bic Camera electronic shops next to the JR Kyoto station, allowing visitors to easily purchase souvenirs as part of their trip to one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations.
Three different Japanese crafts and techniques that originated in Kyoto---Kyo kuromon tsukizome and Kyoyuzen dyes and Nishijin textiles--- will be used to create products bearing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic emblem and also the Tokyo 2020 mascot.
“We hope that through the creation of these products for the Tokyo 2020 Games, overseas visitors will get a feel for the more traditional and formal types of black Japanese cloth, and gain an understanding of the techniques used in creating this colour,” according to a Tokyo 2020 release.
Tokyo 2020 has licensed various merchandise, and the products will be available for purchase through the online store for residents of Japan and at a number of outlets in Japan.
In early June an English language version of the site will be launched, giving overseas fans the chance to make purchases.
The official shop in Kyoto will remain open until September 30, 2020 and will offer close to 500 different products.
Tokyo 2020 Design of “MOCCO” Giant Puppet
Also on Thursday, Tokyo 2020 released the design for MOCCO---a 12-meter high puppet which will be featured in one of the four main cultural programs organized by Tokyo 2020 for the Cultural Olympiad.
In the Japanese culture puppets and mascots are popular symbols. MOCCO will symbolize the strength, resilience, and kindness of people in the Tohoku region hit by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake.
MOCCO will be on display at many festivals throughout the region to collect messages written by locals which will then be delivered to Tokyo.
Written by Greer Wilson.
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