Olympic Archives – Tokyo 2020

For #Tokyo2020, we have dug up some images on Tokyo and the Japan Olympic Games in history. Japan was never lucky with the Olympics: it was supposed to also host the Games in 1940, but they were cancelled because of World War II. Now it is going ahead one year later, Go Tokyo!

21 July

As the Olympics kick off with softball, baseball, and football, here is a photograph of the Argentinian Olympic Team reaching Europe towards the 1936 Games in Berlin. The pic was taken by German photographer Erich Andres, those photographic archive is held at the Centro Documental de la Memoria Histórica

El equipo olímpico argentino embarca en el Cap Arcona en el puerto de Boulogne S.M. (1936)

22 July

Waiting for the Tokyo 2020 inauguration ceremony with a Souvenir preview for the XII Olympiad, which were supposed to happen in Tokyo in 1940 if World War II had not burst out!

University of East London Archives, Souvenir preview for the XII Olympiad, Tokyo (1937). Available on APE: http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/GB-2381/type/fa/id/gb2381-boa/unitid/GB_SLASH_2381_SLASH_BOA_SLASH_OG_SLASH_PROG_SLASH_S7/search/0/Tok%3Fo

23 July

The #Tokyo2020 opening ceremony is today – and the Het Utrechts Archief hold the audio of Emperor Hirohito declaring the games opened – available from Archives Portal Europe at this link: http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/NL-UtHUA/type/fa/id/1391/unitid/1391+-+1356-a/search/0/Tok%3Fo+Ol%3Fmpi_ASTERISK_

The file also contains an interview to Anton Geesink, the first non-Japanese judoka to win the Judo world championship, and gold medal at the 1964 Olympics, the first that featured Judo as a sport

24 July

First medals in judo! This is a picture of Tokio Hirano, one of the greatest judo technicians of all time, at the Karlsruhe sport club – Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe, http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/DE-Ka94/type/fa/id/8_BA_Schlesiger_1977/dbid/C665917198/search/0/Tok%3Fo

25 July

Archery medal day – here are the Tokyo 1964 archers from five country training in Basel before the Olympics – the Swiss champion was Bâlois Schindler, but the strongest player was the Belgian Roger Boussu. Women also participated in the tournament. Pic from the Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv, available at http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/CH-000018-2/type/fa/id/J2.143_ASTERISK__4205/unitid/J2.143_HASH_1996_SLASH_386_HASH_922-2_HASH_5_ASTERISK_/search/0/Tok%3Fo+Ol%3Fmpi_ASTERISK_

26 July

It is the day of Artistic Gymnastic! In 1964, Italy won with Franco Menichelli, who conquered gold on the floor, a silver on rings and a bronze on parallel bars – from Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv, the tv news from the era http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/CH-000018-2/type/fa/id/J2.143_ASTERISK__4205/unitid/J2.143_HASH_1996_SLASH_386_HASH_1119-2_HASH_5_ASTERISK_/search/0/Tok%3Fo+Ol%3Fmpi_ASTERISK_

27 July

At Tokyo 2020 is equestrian medal day – here is the Swiss equestrian team preparing to board with the horses on the “flying stable”, 1964 – thanks to the Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv, document available here: http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/CH-000018-2/type/fa/id/J2.143_ASTERISK__4205/unitid/J2.143_HASH_1996_SLASH_386_HASH_1134-3_HASH_1_ASTERISK_/search/0/Tok%3Fo+Ol%3Fmpi_ASTERISK_

28 July

As these are the days of rowing finals, here are rowers Wolfgang Hottenrott and Michael Schwan, who won bronze in Tokyo 1964 in the coxless pair category. They are attending an event at the Karlsruhe Rhine Club Alemannia in November – courtesy of the Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe, the document is available at http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/DE-Ka94/type/fa/id/8_BA_Schlesiger_Bd.12/unitid/8_SLASH_BA+Schlesiger+1964+_SLASH+A11a_131_1_li/search/0/Tok%3Fo

29 July

A few pics from the collection “Japão” by photographer António Júlio Duarte, courtesy of the Centro Português de Fotografia – all photographs are from 1996/97.

Tokyo I, Japão. Available at http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/PT-00000000447/type/fa/id/PT_SLASH_CPF_SLASH_CNF/unitid/PT_SLASH_CPF_SLASH_CNF_SLASH_000379/search/0/Tok%3Fo
Tokyo V, Japão. Available at http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/PT-00000000447/type/fa/id/PT_SLASH_CPF_SLASH_CNF/unitid/PT_SLASH_CPF_SLASH_CNF_SLASH_000380/search/0/Tok%3Fo
Tokyo, Japan. Available at http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/PT-00000000447/type/fa/id/PT_SLASH_CPF_SLASH_CNF/unitid/PT_SLASH_CPF_SLASH_CNF_SLASH_000745/search/0/Tok%3Fo

30 Jul

Athletics starts today at Tokyo 2020 – here is a candidate to Tokyo 1964 for Switzerland training for the 400 metres, thanks to the Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv

Kandidaten für Tokio, http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/ead-display/-/ead/pl/aicode/CH-000018-2/type/fa/id/J2.143_ASTERISK__4205/unitid/J2.143_HASH_1996_SLASH_386_HASH_1130-1_HASH_4_ASTERISK_/search/0/Tok%3Fo

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