“Chinese audiences won’t appreciate the Japanese “deduction” like the yin Cao Jifu, and Japanese local audiences are also merciless, opening the mainstream and social media in Japan this morning, “ださい” (earth flavor, tacky), “しょぼい” “(Disappointment, poor) These two keywords have become hot words of public opinion.”
“No way” (しょうがない), this is a saying often said by the Japanese, and it is also their helplessness.
Tokyo, which is undergoing the fourth emergency declaration, has been infected with the new crown from more than 1,000 to 2,000 people every day for several consecutive days before the opening of the Olympics. Nearly 70 athletes and Olympic athletes have also been infected in the Olympic village (the data is still expanding, and the latest data has Breaking a hundred), which makes Japanese society polarized around whether to hold the Olympics or stop the Olympics.
But in any case, the ill-fated 2020 Tokyo Olympics opened last night.
Under the bright moon and the epidemic, more than 60,000 empty colored seats in the New National Arena in Tokyo set an Olympic precedent. The Japanese style is cold, and it is not beautiful or sad.
But outside the home court, it was actually not cold, people gathered around, and there was a huge crowd at one time.
It’s just that half of them are enthusiastic people who got tickets but can’t enter, and half are demonstrators shouting “NO, NO, Olympic” with loudspeakers.
The opening ceremony is not the whole of the Olympic Games, but it is an important part. No matter how the theme is positioned, it is an important stage for displaying the cultural and technological strength of the host country.
As Japan is born with many ancient and modern trends such as Kabuki, Noh, and the two-dimensional culture, the world will look forward to how the opening ceremony will be presented. However, as the opening ceremony began, “cool reviews” from audiences across China and Japan formed a united front and came in droves. It’s just that the “cool” here is not the coolness of the “Cool Japan” strategy launched by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2010, but the “bitterness”.
Chinese audiences do not appreciate the Japanese “deduction” that resembles the yin Cao Jifu. Japanese local audiences are also merciless, opening the mainstream and social media in Japan this morning, “ださい” (earth flavor, tacky), “しょぼい” (Disappointment, poor) These two keywords have become hot words in public opinion.
A team with constant scandals and frequent changes
“The worst in history” (the biggest difference in history), “the most boring” (the most boring), “you can go to the bathroom with peace of mind” (can be safe).
Although the Japanese are regarded as indifferent in political consciousness, they are generally patriotic and love the country. However, after reading the above-mentioned pungent comments of the Japanese audience on the opening ceremony on social media, it can be seen how much the opening ceremony has impacted them, at least part of them.
The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is the same as the Tokyo Olympics itself. The latter was forced to postpone for one year because of the new crown epidemic, and because of the repeated epidemics, Japan made up its mind that all games were “no spectators watching”. For the former, various scandals have continued. From last year to the most recent, three important “director-like” characters have been changed.
The first was Hiroshi Sasaki, known as “Japan’s busiest advertising director”, and he led the stunning “Eight Minutes in Tokyo” at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony. Hiroshi Sasaki succeeded the opening and closing ceremony team originally directed by the well-known artist Nomura Mansai, who was “dismissed from get out of class” without any warning, triggering public opinion fluctuations. However, Hiroshi Sasaki has been sitting in this position for less than 3 months, because in his opening ceremony project proposal, “Let comedy artist and large-size model Naomi Watanabe play a pig while learning how to call pigs in a pig cage. “Falling from the sky” and dismissing get out of class is considered to discriminate against women, which is seriously inconsistent with the concept of equality between men and women in the Eastern Olympics.
Watanabe Naomi responded to the “playing as a pig” through the office that she belongs to: knowing that she is big, she is also doing acting work under the premise of recognizing this fact, but she thinks that she is also very happy to have this body shape. I hope everyone can respect each other’s personalities and ideas, recognize each other, and create a happy world together.
The second is the musician Keigo Koyamada, one of the composers for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, who was dismissed on July 19. In an interview, he “I don’t know if it was he or he took the wrong medicine.” He blew himself up as a student of bullying, shutting classmates in boxes, and mocking disabled classmates. Obviously, he was also “completely unqualified.”
The third term was on July 22, the day before the opening of the East Olympics. The person who was dismissed was Kentaro Kobayashi, the performance director of the opening and closing ceremonies. He was pointed out that 23 years ago, when he was a young comedian, he was opposed by Jewish groups for mocking Jews to be tortured and killed.
Regarding the dismissal of Kobayashi Kentaro, the “Asahi Shimbun” bluntly stated, “This shows the Galapagosization (ガラパゴス化) of Japanese mass entertainment-that is, in an isolated environment, it is optimized alone, and it loses and out of the region. Interchangeability.)”
Tetsuya Takahashi, a philosopher and professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo who has long studied the historical cognition of Japan, Europe, America, and East Asia, said in an interview with the Asahi Shimbun: “This also shows the low level of human rights awareness in Japan as a whole. It is considered worldwide. It is a criminal act, which is regarded as funny material in Japan. This is absolutely not allowed. In the statement issued by Kobayashi, he pointed out that he “caused unpleasantness” and “choose ignorant words”. Such expressions are also unstandard. “
The change of the director team undoubtedly had an impact on the opening ceremony. Although Sasaki Hiroshi was dismissed from class, Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee Chairman Hashimoto Seiko announced that he would no longer have the post of chief director, emphasizing that “the opening ceremony is the result of everyone’s hard work”, but the role of important members of the team was successively dismissed. The “sequelae” brought about are inevitable.
For example, Keigo Koyamada’s dismissal caused the organizing committee to announce that he would no longer use his music. At that time, it was only two days before the opening of the Olympic Games. And Kentaro Kobayashi’s remarks about “teaching” the Jewish scars also made the Jewish athletes in the Olympic village unhappy.
The budget for the opening ceremony is only one-fifth of the original budget?
In February 2019, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee of Japan decided to increase the budget for the opening and closing ceremonies from the original 9.1 billion yen (approximately 520 million yuan) submitted in the bidding stage to 4 billion yen (approximately 230 million yuan) to 130. Billion yen (approximately 760 million yuan). The reason is that the original budget has been “unable to hold.” At that time, the COVID-19 pandemic had not yet appeared, and Japan was still ambitious under the rule of Shinzo Abe to host a “revival of the Olympics.”
However, after the opening ceremony last night (July 23), some netizens on Japanese social networking sites questioned, “Is this a 13 billion yen opening ceremony? It feels like a 6.5 billion yen opening ceremony. “
In the early morning of July 23, Japan’s “Okinawa Times” reported that “the opening ceremony will be simplified and the budget will be only one-fifth of the original.” The creative director of the opening and closing ceremonies Takayuki Hiyuki interviewed before the opening: “If you have a budget, of course there are more things you want to do and can do. But within a limited budget, implement the policy of making good use of it.”
With this calculation, perhaps this opening ceremony may only cost 2.6 billion yen (150 million yuan). But even with this frugality, the US “Forbes” magazine made an estimate of the overall cost of the Tokyo Olympics before the opening, and believed that due to factors such as the postponement of the conference, the East Olympics would swell to 28 billion U.S. dollars, which is Tokyo’s bid to host the Olympics in 2013. It was four times the estimated US$7.3 billion, twice the US$13.7 billion in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and 10 times the 2004 Athens Olympics.
“But in the end, the Japanese public and the organizing committee, who have spent so much money, will only accept the bitter fruit of no audience at the venue.” “Forbes” “sighed” for the Japanese people at the end of the article.
Perhaps it is because of grievances. Japanese netizens have unflagged the “poisonous tongue mode” from costumes to performances.
For example, some netizens think that the award-giving clothing designed in Japan is “the same as the uniform of an izakaya.”
The Eastern Olympics award dress considered by netizens to resemble an izakaya costume
In the opening session of the Edo woodworking performance, the car on stage was “just like the rickshaw in Asakusa and Kamakura.”
“I always feel that the entire scale is similar to the scale of the performance in the Civic Hall.”
“Is this really the opening ceremony done by top Japanese experts?”
“The Japanese don’t feel any Japanese elements. Can this spread overseas?”
It seems that the feelings of Japanese audiences are not much different from those of Chinese audiences. Last night, when the opening ceremony of the East Olympic Games in Japan was followed by hot searches, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games also appeared in hot searches. It is said that tens of thousands of netizens went to the video platform to recollect the grand opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
A Japanese netizen also commented on Twitter: “The Beijing Olympics is the last Olympic opening ceremony I have seen. Compared with the Beijing Olympics, the opening ceremony of the East Olympics is simply too pitiful.”
One of the classic scenes of the 2008 Beijing Olympics: using movable type printing to demonstrate the civilization concept of “harmony”
Of course, as Tucao’s enthusiasm has declined, some voices that neutralize attitudes have gradually appeared, saying that some of the performances of the East Olympics are actually a presentation of the world order and public anxiety under the epidemic.
But generally speaking, the public opinion label brought by the first wave of tucao volume can no longer be erased.
There is still light in the Eastern Olympics
Although the opening ceremony of the East Olympics seems to be said to be useless, it is not without light. Japanese netizens generally find three surprises.
The first is the entry song of the delegations of various countries, which are all “songs in Japanese games”, which makes many game fans excited.
Some netizens have compiled a total of 19 songs. The list is as follows:
1: Overture: “Lotto’s Theme” Dragon Quest
2: << Victory Fanfare >> FINAL FANTASY (Final Fantasy)
3: << Srey’s Theme-Guru- >> Tales of Series
4: << Proof of Hero >> Monster Hunter (Monster Hunter)
5: “Olympus Coliseum” Kingdom Hearts (Kingdom Hearts)
6: 《Frog’s Theme》 Chrono Trigger
7: << First Flight >> Ace Combat
8: 《Royal Capital-Weifudodo》 Tales of Series
9: << Wind of Departure >> Monster Hunter (Monster Hunter)
10: << Robo’s Theme >> Chrono Trigger (Super Space-Time)
11: 《Star Light Zone》 Sonic the Hedgehog
12: << eFootaball walk-on theme >> Winning Eleven (11 people)
13: << MAIN THEME >> FINAL FANTASY
14: << Guardians >> Phantasy Star Universe (Fantasy Star Universe)
15: “Hero’s Fanfare” Kingdom Hearts
16: 《01 ACT I-1》 Gradius (Nemesis)
17: << Inishenouta >> NieR
18: << Makai Ginyu Poetry-Saga Series Medley 2016 >> Saga Series (Saga Series)
19: 《The Brave New Stage of History》 Soul Calibur VI
But there are also some “dissonances” in it.
For example, some netizens pointed out that Koichi Tatsuyama, who created the theme song of the game “Dragon Quest”, had made discriminatory speeches to LGBTQ and other groups, which was not in line with the Olympic spirit. There is also a musician, Keishu Kobayashi, who said, “I don’t know that his music was used by the Olympics.” But he didn’t think it was infringed, but he felt “happy, yoho”.
The second is the emblem of Japan’s East Olympics and the earth picture composed of drones.
This is a link that Chinese and Japanese netizens generally appreciate. Although some Chinese netizens said that “this kind of performance has been seen more in China”, some Japanese netizens pointed out: “10 years ago, Japan was actually the first in the field of drones. Yes, but due to legal shackles, the development of drones in Japan has fallen behind.”
The third is the Olympic icon performance by the Japanese comedy mime group が～まるちょば (ga-maruchoba).
The Olympic icon was invented by the Japanese in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and is still in use today. There are a total of 52 events and 52 icons for the Olympic Games. The organizing committee originally hoped that が～まるちょば could divide the 52 icons into 4 groups, and later compressed it to 5 minutes to perform at one time. This is for が～まるちょばIt brought pressure, but fortunately the performance last night was successful.
For Chinese audiences, watching this program is easy to remind people of the classic Japanese show “Super Change Change”, and many netizens have expressed “Ye Qing Hui” one after another.
In addition to these three places, the tribute to medical workers at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is also a bright spot. The epidemic is a common problem faced by the whole world, and medical workers have made great contributions to this.
However, in general, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics seems to be “destroyed more than reputation.”
As the honorary president of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Emperor Naruhito of Japan said in his opening speech: “I hereby announce the opening of the Tokyo Olympics in commemoration of the 32nd Summer Olympics.”
According to the regulations of the International Olympic Committee, the original text of this sentence should be the stipulated “celebration” rather than “commemoration.” The reason Naruhito changed it to a memorial is considered to be because 68% of the people in Japan believe that “the Tokyo Olympics cannot be held safely and securely.”
The Tokyo Olympics is not only ill-fated, but also public opinion is raging.
The author of this article, Mr. Yang Jing, is mainly responsible for cross-cultural issues, Gen Z content, and Japanese entertainment market reports within East-West Entertainment; he is also the person in charge of East-West consumption. Before joining Dongxi Culture and Entertainment, Mr. Yang Jing worked in Japanese media and started Chinese education in Japan. In his early days, he also served as a reporter in mainstream commercial media organizations such as China Business News. To contact the author of this article, you can request contact information by leaving a message in the background.
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