2020 Tokyo Olympics: Top Tips for Coping with Japanese Culture

The 2020 Olympics are scheduled to kick off on July 24th in Tokyo, Japan. It is, however, noteworthy that while it will be the biggest sporting event this year, some participants will be making their first international trip. As usual, there will be a wide variety of sports staged, ranging from soccer to boxing, swimming, cycling, and rugby.

The new National Stadium, built for the 2020 Olympics.

The new National Stadium, built for the 2020 Olympics.

Coping with the Japanese Culture

While Japan will not be hosting the Olympics for the first time, many things have changed since they last did so back in 1964. And with the spread of Coronavirus threatening to cause major logistical challenges, getting around Tokyo and knowing where to stay will be crucial. Anyone who will travel to Japan should keep abreast of the Japanese culture because, in a big way, it will help them feel part of the event.

Traditional Culture

Japan has a rich culture that is strongly grounded on tradition. Thus, visitors who will be in the country during the Olympic Games should get ready to enjoy colourful cultural displays from the hosts. From art and beauty to shopping and cutting-edge discoveries, there is plenty to see and many surprises await in Japan.

Getting Around Tokyo

Another potential shock that awaits international visitors who will troop to Japan when the Olympics kick-off is the challenge of getting around Tokyo, one of the largest and most complex cities in the world. Thus, for someone heading there for the first time, traveling in groups is one way to go about it. However, the big question remains, with governments around the world banning public gatherings, will it be possible to keep safe by walking in groups? Well, that remains to be seen as everyone anticipates guidelines from the Olympic committee closer to the event.

Tokyo is a massive metropolis of 14 million people.

Tokyo is a massive metropolis of 14 million people.

Team House Culture

Another cultural aspect that everyone attending the 2020 Olympics should know about is "team house" culture. A team house provides avenues for reporting, especially for respective countries that wish to relay the event's live feedback home. While you may need guidance to locate your country's team houses, others are in plain sight, making it easy to find your way around. You should also note that in some houses, foreigners will be denied entry unless you know the house password.

Olympic Culture Shock

Before you set out on your journey to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (if they do still take place in the face of Coronavirus), the culture of the event itself is equally worth noting. While recent travel restrictions may be a hindrance to travellers who may want to visit Tokyo before July, you can find all the information on social media. From logistics, learning about everything from Japanese food and dress codes to cuisine and how to visit a shrine, there is plenty to learn before July 24th.

Perhaps most importantly, you should be sure follow the schedule of your country's athletes to catch a glimpse of the best Olympic moments. This is because many events take place concurrently and it easy to get lost in other activities about which you are not passionate.

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