18 MARCH - 21 NOVEMBER 2021

"Celebrate Tokyo 2020 at the Olympic Museum! ", an Olympic context and a manga atmosphere.

Discover the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and sports manga through two exhibitions, talks, themed weekends and an augmented reality app to feel that you’re in Tokyo while at The Olympic Museum.

Press kit

The poster


The poster for the programme was designed by Urasawa Naoki, and he has concentrated the whole essence of Japanese sports manga within it. In the bottom-left box, you can see the text meaning “To be continued!”, because, in real manga, readers have to contain their impatience for a whole week to find out what happens next.

Check out the story of Yawara !, one of Urasawa’s best-known sports manga, in the Sport X Manga exhibition.

• An exhibition: Sport X Manga

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The Sport X Manga exhibition has been produced in collaboration with the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Sports manga, or supokon, is a perfect way of understanding how sport developed in Japan after the war. Martial arts, the arrival of western sports, the Olympic Games in 1964 and the values promoted by sport are all themes covered by this type of manga.

Sport X Manga looks at how sport has influenced the style of manga and inspired different mangakas: the special moves in Captain Tsubasa (Olive and Tom), miraculous balls and other extraordinary effects.

Check out: fun and interactive features, an animated film, interviews, a reading area and kaki moji booths where you can take a photo!

• An exhibition Tokyo 2020

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Urban, young, equal and ground-breaking, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 mark the start of a new chapter:

  • venues in the heart of the city,
  • new sports on the programme.

Don’t miss: the competitions, the model of the new National Stadium in Tokyo and iconic objects like the medals and the torch.

• The Galerie

During the Games, the big screen in the Galerie will be showing live coverage of the competitions. In the run-up to the Games, visitors can watch a series of 12 short videos produced by Panasonic entitled “Beautiful Japan 2020”. Twelve sports, and 12 athletes set against beautiful Japanese landscapes.

• The TOM café

At the TOM Café, visitors will find the favourite dishes of a number of Japanese athletes created using sampuru (plastic food models frequently found in restaurants in Japan) and can check out the special menu created for the occasion.

• The Olympic Park

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The Olympic Park will have a Japanese feel combined with the Look of the Games, with a series of torii-style gateways draped with sheets featuring the blue and white chequered pattern of the Games emblem, plus photo exhibitions on Tokyo 1964 and Japanese athletes who have made their mark on the history of sport.

• An Augmented Reality Experience

A new augmented reality (AR) app will make your visit even more enjoyable. In six locations, you can explore the poetic side of Japan at Games time!

Check out the AR experience of sakura trees in flower, a zen garden with koi carp, the Tokyo 2020 mascots, the interior of the National Stadium, etc.

The app will also inspire your creativity by combining each user’s surroundings with Japanese culture. Create an AR collage using a library of images to combine real and virtual elements, to create poetic, unexpected, comical and incredible effects!

(App available from the App Store and Google Play as of 1st April 2021)

For schools

 School visits: Lausanne – Tokyo AR
 Kaki moji workshop!
 Sport X Manga visit guide (to come)
 Educational kit - Destination Tokyo 2020 (to come)

Cultural events

 Launch night live at The Museum. With Stéphane Beaujean, Commissioner of the SPORT X MANGA exhibition
Thursday 18 March, from 7 to 7.30 p.m. - An all-digital event

 PâKOMUZé : A window on Japan
From 10 to 23 April 2021 – at The Olympic Museum (tbc).

Get to meet two fascinating figures:

 Georges Baumgartner, who was the RTS’s correspondent in Japan for 30 years, for the start of a series of Museum podcasts.
Thursday 6 May from 7 to 7.30 p.m. – An all-digital event

 Kengo Kuma, the star of Japanese architecture and design, who will talk about his work on the National Stadium in Tokyo.
May or June 2021 – at The Olympic Museum (tbc) and online.

 24h J-Pop - A day and a night of Japanese manga and pop culture.
Saturday 12 June 2021 – at The Olympic Museum and in the Park (tbc).

 Experience the Games at The Museum – Special evening on 23 July for the Opening Ceremony with an exclusive concert at The Museum. And for the three weeks after that, The Olympic Museum will be focusing on the Games, with coverage of the competitions and cultural workshops.
From 23 July to 8 August 2021 – at The Olympic Museum (tbc).


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