Fifty years after the Japanese capital hosted the Summer Olympics, about 100 athletes from Japan and other nations who participated in those Games returned to one of the venues on Oct. 11 to march in a procession recreating the Opening Ceremony.
Former Japanese marathoner Kenji Kimihara served as the flag-bearer of the pack of former Olympians during the parade held at the Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward.
The Games were held from Oct. 10 to Oct. 24, 1964, making Tokyo the first Asian city to host the Olympics.
Cheers erupted when a cauldron marking the 50th anniversary was lit after the declaration of the Games and the hoisting of the national flag at the commemorative event.
Kimihara won a silver medal in the men’s marathon in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics after he finished in eighth place in the Tokyo Games.
Yuko Arimori, a two-time medalist in the women’s marathon, and other Japanese athletes who competed in past Olympics and Paralympics joined the commemoration, along with about 2,000 members of the public who were invited to take part.