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Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo were put off until July and August 2021. Nevertheless, the organizing committee was hard at work trying to bring their 'Unity in Diversity' vision to life in time for the opening ceremony.

The world has been bombarded with news about vaccine controversies, as well as discrimination issues in the Games themselves.

Very few of us are aware that the Japanese General Corporate Imagine One World created 213 unique kimonos for each country taking part in sports showdown.

According to The Garnette Report, "The 'KIMONO Project' has been promoted for six years. Its purpose is to show a gesture of friendship and peace towards countries and refugee athletes attending the Olympics. The project consists of 213 handmade kimonos, inspired by each country’s culture, history and scenery. Each kimono is created by a different artist or studio using traditional handweaving and dyeing techniques. The production of each kimono costs roughly one million yen, it will be covered by donations from domestic and foreign individuals and companies". 

Among the most eye-catching, are the kimonos of Germany, Russia, Nigeria and France. It looks like a whole nation has been placed on a few square metres of fabric.

Picture source: The Garnette Report

This gesture is heartwarming because it is an honest way for Japan to welcome the rest of the world by extending personalized kimonos. It also shows that they believe in good sportsmanship, not just winning all the gold medals. And this goes beyond kimonos.

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup the Japanese men's football team ​lost 2-1 to the Ivory Coast, but Japanese fans stayed behind after the match to help clean up! They were not bitter about the loss, and did not behave like hooligans - instead going the opposite route. They surprised soccer fans from other countries but this is customary in Japan.

One thing to admire about Japanese culture is their love of creating beautiful things to look at - their culture believes that pleasant surroundings result in a more peaceful nation and spirit.

In some parts of the country, rice farmers use their fields as giant art canvases. They patiently sow different varieties of multicoloured rice and, weeks later the plants bloom to reveal the design within! The annual Tanbo Art event runs from June until October, and tourists flock to the participating villages to get a look at this living art.

In the Saitama Prefecture, this walkway in a theme park is covered with different coloured see-through umbrellas, which cast vivid colours onto the path. What a simple and useful way to create magic in everyday life!

And if you unfortunately end up in ill health in Japan, you can rest assured that you will be fed like a king! The hospitals allegedly provide three or four course meals to ensure that the patient is also nourished sufficiently while healing. Japanese culinary culture does involve smaller meals and dishes spread out like a buffet or finger food arrangement.

An ancient nation dedicated to inclusion and diversity, Japan has shown their tenacity to host the 2020 Games and also resilience in the world's toughest years.

What do you think of Japanese culture and the Olympic Kimono Project?

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