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Photo Journal: Flying the Olympic flags


The flags of all 206 member countries and regions of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are seen hanging on the Palaceside Building in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, home to The Mainichi Newspapers Co.'s head office, on Oct. 27, 2017. The decoration was put together to mark 1,000 days until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which falls on Oct. 28, 2017.

    One of the reasons behind hanging all the brightly colored flags is to wish for a peaceful Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. Arranged in the same order as an Olympic procession -- from Greece all the way through to host nation Japan in alphabetical order -- the cloth flags cover many of the windows on the south side of the building, spanning six rows and 35 columns. The flags were draped between the night of Oct. 23 and the predawn hours of Oct. 27, and will remain on display until Nov. 5.

    At the time of the 1964 Tokyo Games, The Mainichi Newspapers selected the slogan "One World: Tokyo Olympics" from numerous entries from the public. This time, the slogan has been updated slightly to, "One World: Tokyo 2020 Olympics," in connection with the flag display. (Mainichi)

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