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[Part 1] Izu City’s diversity, inclusion efforts given boost by Tokyo Games

The Izu Velodrome has a somewhat extraterrestrial appearance. Set amid lush woodland on the outskirts of Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, with Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji forming a majestic backdrop, the glistening silver domed structure resembles some spaceship from a sci-fi film readying to spin off into the stratosphere. Echoes of this futuristic facade can be found even among the more mundane features of the stadium, which …

Local Initiatives2020 Venue

Newspapers strive to keep disaster-affected residents in Yuriage informed

An alternative newspaper hit the news stands of Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture on July 1, 2020, its front page emblazoned with an elevated view of coastal Yuriage district, one of the worst-hit communities during the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan in March 2011.   In this half-page color photo, however, there are no crumbling buildings, displaced fishing boats, or overturned vehicles floating forlornly in …

Culture/Tourism/Food2020 Venue

Sapporo’s Exciting 2020: 71st Sapporo Snow Festival and Olympic Marathon!

Sapporo in 2020 is bustling with one exciting event after another!   The 71st Sapporo Snow Festival, running from January 31 to February 11, is currently in full swing at three sites across Sapporo.What started in 1950 as six snow sculptures built in centrally located Odori Park by high school students has evolved into the city’s representative and largest annual event, drawing in over 2.5 million …

Local Industry2020 Venue

Kawaguchi foundry industry forges a path toward Tokyo 2020 Olympics

1964 Tokyo Olympic cauldron made in “the foundry town” of Kawaguchi In October, residents gathered in front of Kawaguchi Station to welcome home a long-lost friend. To great ceremony, the 2.1-meter-high, 4-ton seikadai (Olympic cauldron), was reignited and reunited with its place of birth for the first time in 61 years.  The cauldron had burned brightly during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, blazing a trail at an …

Culture/Tourism/Food2020 Venue

[Part 2] Izu gears up for cycling at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

―――――Click here for [Part 1] Among a varied lineup of courses on the Izu Peninsula, the 200 km Izu Isshu, or “Izu Circuit” is the pinnacle for cycling enthusiasts, who can complete it in roughly 11 hours – all in one day or with a break along the way at places such as Kona Stay. An undulating loop course with a total ascent close to scaling …

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