At the Rio 2016 Olympic Closing Ceremonies tonight, the torch was metaphorically and literally passed to Japan, who will host 2020’s summer games in Tokyo.
It is customary for the closing events to greet the hosts of the next (same season) Olympics, sharing the stage and the celebration with them. Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was on hand to share in the celebration.
Let’s just call his celebration…super.
The Prime Minister emerged from a large, green Warp Pipe, donning the famous hat of Mario.
Japan is known for its famous videogames–including being the home of companies such as Sony and Nintendo–though videogames and eSports won’t be joining their Olympic programme in 2020. Instead, wrestling, which was unceremoniously removed from the Olympics, makes its return.
The new event based programme also offers local favourites as one-off Olympic events: baseball, surfing, skateboarding, karate, and climbing all made the grade.