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Mainichi Shimbun to celebrate 1,000 days until Tokyo Games with flags, photos

This image shows what the Mainichi Newspapers' Tokyo Head Office will look like when covered in the flags of the 206 countries and regions which belong to the International Olympic Committee. (Mainichi)

To mark 1,000 days to the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games on Oct. 28, the Mainichi Newspapers will be hosting a series of events to promote the global extravaganza.

    The first event will see the front of the Palaceside Building in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward that houses the paper's Tokyo Head Office covered in the flags of the 206 countries and regions which belong to the International Olympic Committee to highlight the Games, a festival for peace.

    The slogan "One World: Tokyo Olympics" that was used for the 1964 Games, was selected from among those offered by members of the public in a contest held by the Mainichi Newspapers, and adorning the building with the flags is in memory of this ideal. Each flag will be made from fabric 140 by 210 centimeters wide. They are set to be displayed until Nov. 5, weather permitting.

    In addition to the outside of the building, an exhibition of photos taken by Mainichi Shimbun photographers of Olympic athletes and events will also be held on the first basement floor. Roughly 50 photos will be on display, including a large print of the 2017 Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association Award-winning photo titled, "Bolt's surprise, Japan's first ever relay silver" of sprinters Usain Bolt and Aska Cambridge at the Rio Olympics in 2016. The exhibition will be held until Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

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