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Friday April 18th 2014

Uniting Our Worlds: Eco-Tech

The banners for the Tokyo bid for the 2016 Olympic Games stand strong in front of the imposing robotic Gundam figure in the background. The chosen motto is ‘Uniting our Worlds.’ It is a great choice, because it plays on the reference to Japan’s global cooperation. The motto also encompasses Japan’s strong support for ecological and technical worlds in preparing for the Games.

Gundam Olympics
Gundam Olympics

Firstly, Tokyo is promising to unite the world with ‘eco’-dynamcis making it the greenest games ever.’ The plan is to convert the landfill space in the middle of Tokyo Bay to a green forest-island or ‘Umi no Mori,’ in Japanese. The island, is located about six kilometres from the site of the main stadium and and it will be connected to the city by a road tunnel.

I was delighted to read that Irish rock star-activist Bono and acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando had planted a tree as a symbolic gesture to highlight awareness of the project. The plan is that the forest island will host the Olympic equestrian and moutain bike and BMX cycling activities.

Planting Trees to promote 2016 bid for Tokyo
Planting Trees to promote 2016 bid for Tokyo

I was also delighted to see the posting of this photo by Shibuya246 discussing another local tree planting ceremony in support of the Tokyo2016 bid.

Secondly, uniting our worlds for the Games will showcase the best of Japan’s technology. The aim is to host the Olympics within the heart of the city which will draw on Tokyo’s high-tech and efficient transportation system. The Gundam figure currently situated in Odaiba, Tokyo Bay stands as a strong mascot for these achievements.

Tech Advances
Tech Advances

Thanks Gundam – Thanks to Ando and Bono and the kids at Hatagaya Kindy. Looking forward to the unity of an Eco-Tech Games.

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