For a duration of 45 days from July 23rd, 2021 to September 5th, 2021, "Host Town House" was held to introduce the efforts of "Host Town", where countries/regions that participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Japanese local governments exchanged in various fields!
Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games MARUKAWA Tamayo gave an address to commemorate the launch of Host Town House.
Minister for the Tokyo Olympic
and Paralympic Games
In January 2016, in anticipation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 44 organizations became the first to register as Host Towns, an initiative allowing Japanese municipalities and countries/regions from around the world to have exchanges. Since then, the number of Host Towns has continued to increase and so far, 528 municipalities have registered.
The time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to take place has finally come. During the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, for a duration of 45 days from July 23rd to September 5th, we will be holding the online event “Host Town House”, to introduce the Host Town Initiative to the world as the first of its kind in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 5 years have passed since the first registry, and since then many exchanges have taken place, and many stories have been woven nation-wide.
There were many things we noticed for the first time through the exchanges: the astonishing amount of ingredients, dishes, and eating customs that exist around the world; the obstacles we had never considered until walking the streets with Paralympians; the biases in our hearts that we had never accounted for; the number of athletes striving to make it to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in less than ideal conditions with little to no facilities to train; and the vast number of people supporting these athletes... The many things we never knew to notice, has taught us more than we could have ever imagined.
"Host Town" is an initiative in which, through exchanges in various fields such as sports, culture and economy, aims to revitalize regions and realize exchanges that will continue far into the future between Japanese municipalities and residents of countries/regions taking part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which has been postponed to the year 2021.
Various areas were prepared on the online Virtual Venue, introducing the many Host Town activities conducted, such as the Host Town exchanges with partner countries/regions, and other initiatives.
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See and learn about the different Host Town activities introduced in each Virtual Venue area.
Cheer Circle Area
The Cheer Circle began with Host Town and keeps getting wider. On exhibit there are messages of support sent from around the world to cheer the athletes on.
Host Town Collaboration Project Area
See how Host Towns receiving the same counterpart countries and regions collaborated on aspects such as food, culture, education, music and sports whilst keeping in mind the characteristics of each municipality as well as those of the counterpart countries/regions.
Theme Based Activities Area
Here you can find out about the numerous efforts of each Host Town, from the exchanges through food with counterpart countries/regions, to the details on “’Arigato’ Host Towns for Supporting Reconstruction” and “Host Towns of a Harmonious and Inclusive Society.” Host Town municipalities all over Japan have continued to show ingenuity in their activities. Please come see what they have achieved!
You can enjoy “MY HOST TOWN HISTORY” to learn about the process Host Town has taken from when it began to the present through interviews with four Host Town Leaders. Not only that, you can also watch a collection of videos separated by category such as food, culture, sports, and even by continent.