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Report on 1,000 days-to-go event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

On Saturday October 28, NTT held various events across Tokyo
to celebrate 1,000 days-to-go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

NTT is a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner (telecommunication services).

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01. YOYOGI CANDLE 2020 — Projection mapping

The message you send from a smartphone is projected on the 240 m building!

The novel one-night-only projection mapping featured images of people's excitement as they participated in or watched and cheered for sporting events.

Docomo building turns into a gigantic message tower
to cheer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!

In the evening, 1,000 days before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In the rainy evening, many people with a smartphone headed toward NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building, one of the landmarks of Shinjuku and Shibuya.

Featured projection mapping that adorned the 1,000-days-to-go night with beautiful colors.

Smartphone messages projected
onto a 240 m building!

People gathered around the Docomo Tower, chatting and wondering "what shall I write?" while looking at their smartphones. When the screen showed countdown numbers, everyone cheered, "3, 2, 1!" in sync with the message.

"Go on Japan!"
"Only 1,000 more days. Looking forward to it."
"Let's cheer together!"

Many messages of support were projected one after another on the Docomo Yoyogi Building.

Future of projection mapping

This was a new video & music experience, with flowing images of fireworks and various sports projected on the wall, while background music was played on people's smartphones in sync with the images.
During the event, a special stage was set up for people to experience the future of projection mapping.
Images of Juri Iwata performing karate, which is the new entry from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, were projected real-time on the building, bringing clapping from the crowd.

The projection mapping was based on the latest technology developed by NTT.
The photographed image was instantly extracted and transmitted real-time via a telecommunication service to the screen on the stage.
Combining it with projection mapping, the team created a "new feel for projection Mapping."
Many people were admiring the colorful images on the Docomo Tower.

1000Days Night evokes
the future of telecommunication services

The projection mapping was a new experience, with images of people participating in, watching and cheering for sports projected on the whole wall of the building.
As a 2020 Tokyo Gold Partner,
NTT will endeavor to make the time and space for watching sports even more fun and exciting.

02. JAPAN WALK GUIDE — Creating a universal design map

"I know what these dots are! Braille blocks!"

An event to create a universal design map together was held for the first time, to make Tokyo friendlier for everyone for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!

Discover and experience!
Create a universal design map for Tokyo that is friendly to everyone

"Oh, I get it, staircase is a barrier!"
Voices of children fill the event venue in Toyosu.
The children sat on wheelchairs to check each location,
to see whether they were wheelchair-friendly or not.
They wheelchaired through alleys, learned about staircases and slopes,
experienced wheelchair-friendly washrooms, and put stickers on the map to create the universal map.

Feeling the barriers around us

Have you ever pushed a wheelchair?
Have you ever been in one?

When you ride a wheelchair, your eye level becomes lower than usual, and you realize you see things around you differently from usual.
In this event to experience and create a universal design map, people learn about barriers around us including steps.
Even a step that is only a few centimeters high is a barrier that blocks a wheelchair.
These small steps become giant obstacles for wheelchair users, making them hesitant to go outdoors.

"It is difficult to wheel in a straight line.
Unless you turn both wheels equally, you begin to turn,"
says a boy of lower-grade elementary school age, with a bit of frustration.

"I was a bit scared riding a wheelchair. I realized roads are not always flat.
I lost balance...
If I see anyone in future in a wheelchair having a problem, I would probably help them and push the wheelchair,"
says a mother who experienced riding in a wheelchair. She was surprised that it was so different from walking.

In the experience course, we gathered barrier-free information for washrooms, staircases, Braille blocks and slopes that people with disabilities would need.
We hope that the friendly universal design map the participants made together encourages more people to venture out to more places.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics will welcome many people from around the world.
NTT will continue to create the universal design map to help create a city that is friendly to everyone,
from children to seniors, wheelchair users, people with disabilities and people from overseas.

— Recycling & ecology class

Feel a bit like a medalist?

The mobile phone you no longer use will become a gold medal! A recycling & ecology class called the "From the Urban Mine! Tokyo 2020 Medal Project*1" was held, in which participants heard about the mechanism of recycling and the size, weight and history of the medals.

*1 : The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) is holding a national project to manufacture medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics from small used household appliances and recycled metals collected by residents across Japan.

Everyone's mobile phones will become gold medals!

"What, 5,000 medals!"
"Ah, hello hello?"
The excited voices of the children filled the gym where the special class took place.

The participants of the recycling & ecology class "From the Urban Mine! Tokyo 2020 Medal Project" were the fifth-grade children from Edogawa Public Honisshiki Elementary School.

The project aims to recycle mobile phones and smartphones that families no longer use and make medals from them.
At the beginning of the class, the medal size was explained.
The medals for the Olympics and Paralympics have a different size, weight and thickness depending on the host country, within certain standards. The materials and shapes are varied to illustrate the uniqueness of the host country.

When a boy had a medal of the same weight as the real medal on his neck...
he raised arms in the victory pose! Felt a bit like a medalist, didn't you?

The first trial in the history of Olympics/Paralympics
Project based on unique Japanese technologies

"Wow, this is what it looks like inside a mobile phone."
The kids excitedly gather around a dismantled mobile phone.
Excitement mounts as they look at fuel oil derived from plastic through a light and get to see materials they usually never see.

Here is a question.
"How many medals do we need for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics?"
Hmm..., not sure at all?
200! No, 1000! Children get excited.

The answer is a whopping "5,000 !"
Two tons of metal is required to make all the gold, silver and bronze medals together.
So, efficient use of resources is very important.
This includes recycling metal from mobile phones, PCs and digital cameras.

The aim of this project is to make medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics from various mobile phones.
During class, children encountered mobile phones they had never seen before.
There is something black and square hanging from the teacher's shoulder which attracts the children's attention.
"Is this a bag?"
"What is it?"
And when they put the receiver against their ear;
"Wow, what is it?" "Ah, hello, hello?"
It is NTT's "shoulder phone" launched about 30 years ago.
15, and 20 years on, mobile phones have been replaced by such small smartphones.
By the time you become adults, what will mobile phones look like? Recycling supports that process.

"My dad took the mobile phone he does not use any more to recycling.
I am glad it will become a gold medal."

"It is amazing there is a deep relationship between the medals and mobile phones.
I look forward to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics because they will take place near where we live. I want to contribute to recycling."
The elementary school children who participated in the class told us their expectations and feelings toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.