Tokyo 2020 has today unveiled a music video to accompany the newly-released promotional song for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan’s capital.
The video features a full-length version of the for "Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020" song and accompanying choreography, with singers and dancers wearing Tokyo 2020 yukata summer kimonos.
Recalled fondly by many people from older generations in Japan, the original Tokyo Gorin Ondo song was written and recorded for the 1964 Olympics and Paralympics. which were also held in the city.
In the hope of engaging younger generations in advance of the return of the Games to the East Asian nation, Tokyo 2020 has commissioned a reproduction of the song with updated lyrics and a new arrangement.
It is performed by Japanese celebrity singers Sayuri Ishikawa, Yūzō Kayama and Pistol Takehara, who all feature in the video.
Brand new choreography has been deployed in an attempt to make the song easier to dance along to for people of varying physical abilities.
Some elements of the choreography were inspired by the movements of the newly-added Olympic sports - baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing - and Paralympic sports of badminton and taekwondo.
In July and August, natsu matsuri, or summer festivals, are widely held throughout Japan.
A number of these are organised by different communities, with festival-goers wearing traditional yukata summer kimonos and happi coats.
Paper fans, fireworks and bon folk dancing additionally help to distinguish these summer festivals from other seasonal events in Japan.
"We’ve tried to bring fresh life to the Tokyo Gorin Ondo song with a more uplifting arrangement and updated choreography," Yuichi Kodama, director of the music video, said.
"I have a good feeling that fun summers are on their way and that this song and the dance can help take our minds off the stresses of daily life."
Organisers of community events will be able to obtain a recording of the song from the Japan Chamber of Commerce or local municipalities.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori spoke about the song on July 24, when numerous promotional events were held across Japan to mark three years to go until the Opening Ceremony of Tokyo 2020.
"This summer, we are producing a Tokyo 2020 happi, or traditional Japanese jacket, a special yukata, or casual kimono, and we are releasing 'Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020', a dance song in traditional Japanese style celebrating the Games," he said.
"We have produced these in the hope that many people all over the country will wear the Tokyo 2020 summer festival costumes and dance to the song.
"The common theme of these engagement initiatives this summer is Happy and Peace.
"Through this, we are expressing the wish that many people, old and young, men and women, will dance and feel happy when the Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020 song is played.
"A video is available on our website, through which people can learn the song and the dance routine.
"We hope that people around the world can thus have a glimpse of Japanese culture."