It was a successful Games for Japan with among the biggest wins for Japan was the women’s volleyball team historic gold medal where they won in straight sets over the formidable USSR side while freestyle wrestler Osamu Watanabe clinched gold to cap off a remarkable career which saw him undefeated in competition.
Meanwhile, Takehide Nakatani also created history by becoming the first-ever gold medallist in Olympic Games in judo.
For those who watched the Games, they will remember marathoner Abebe Bikila backing up his Olympic gold from Rome 1960 while American Billy Mills, who wasn’t fancied as a runner, won the USA’s first and only gold in the 10,000m at an Olympic Games.
More history to be made in Tokyo
The Tokyo 1964 Games completely transformed Japan and with less than 300 days until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the country is set for another history and transformative making Games.
Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic Games for the second time, making them the first Asian city to do so.
However, since 1964, participation from athletes and nations has grown significantly with over 11,000 athletes from 206 nations expected to descend on Tokyo next summer.
Athletes will compete across 339 events in 33 sports with four new sports being added to the Olympic program including karate, sports climbing, skateboarding, and surfing while baseball/softball makes its long-awaited return to the Olympic stage after a 12-year absence.
The Games will also be the most gendered balanced in history with 49 percent of athletes competing for being female.
While fans attending the Games next year won’t have to go far to find memories from 1964 with five venues being reused for Tokyo 2020 including Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Nippon Budokan, Equestrian Park, Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, and Enoshima Yacht Harbor.
Nippon Budokan will once again host events during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Tokyo will also offer a unique welcome to athletes, coaches, families, and fans coming to the city for the Games called omotenashi, which can be defined as Japanese hospitality. Omotenashi is unlike anything visitors would’ve experienced before with Japanese citizens treating guest with open arms.
Tokyo 2020 wants to promote future changes throughout the world and leave a positive legacy for future generations.