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At Nihonbashi near Mitsukoshi Dept. Store.
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Crowd control
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Passing out a newspaper extra about the parade.
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The parade was headed by policewomen on white motorcycles. They wore the red Olympic uniform.
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Policewomen on white motorcycles.
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Paralympians on a flatbed truck first appeared. They are wheelchair rugby players who won the bronze.
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Paralympians on a flatbed truck first appeared. They are wheelchair rugby players who won the bronze.
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Paralympian wheelchair rugby players.
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Paralympians on a flatbed truck first appeared. They are wheelchair rugby players who won the bronze.
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Yui Kamiji, bronze medalist in women's single wheelchair tennis.
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Olympian buses coming over Nihonbashi Bridge. As I had hoped, Nihonbashi was not as crowded as Ginza. In Ginza, there were people who waited from midnight or 5 am this morning to see this parade.
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Rio Olympic medalists parade on Oct. 7, 2016 in Ginza-Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
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Kaori Icho, freestyle wrestler who made Olympic history by winning the Olympic gold medal four times in a row (since Athens in 2004). No other woman has won an Olympic gold that many consecutive times for an individual event.
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Kaori Icho, freestyle wrestler who made Olympic history by winning the Olympic gold medal four times in a row (since Athens in 2004).
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Sprinters and silver medalists Yoshihide Kiryu (middle) and Shota Iizuka (right) who got their Olympic glory in the 400-meter relay race
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Sprinters and silver medalists Yoshihide Kiryu (middle) and Shota Iizuka (right) who got their Olympic glory in the 400-meter relay race
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On the right is Ayaka Takahashi, Japan's first badminton player to win an Olympic gold medal.
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On the left is synchronized swimmer Yukiko Inui who won two bronze medals for duet synchronized swimming and Team synchronized swimming at Rio.
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Paralympians not on wheechairs.
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Paralympians
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Paralympians
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Judo medalists. On the left is Hisayoshi Harasawa, judo silver medalist in 100+ kg class. In the middle is Takanori Nagase, judo bronze medalist in 81 kg. On the right is Shohei Ono, judo gold medalist in 73 kg.
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Mashu (Matthew) Baker, judo gold medalist in 90 kg.
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On the right is Mashu (Matthew) Baker, judo gold medalist in 90 kg. Father was American, mom Japanese. One of the high-profile mixed-blood Japanese Olympians at Rio.
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On the left is Kaori Matsumoto, judo bronze medalist in women's -57 kg. She was giving her trademark "beast" pose. On the right is Haruka Tachimoto, Japan's sole female judo gold medalist (70 kg) in Rio.
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On the left is Kaori Matsumoto, judo bronze medalist in women's -57 kg. She was giving her trademark "beast" pose. On the right is Haruka Tachimoto, Japan's sole female judo gold medalist (70 kg) in Rio.
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On the left is Kanae Yamabe, judo bronze medalist in women's 78+ kg.
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The thing about this parade is that you get to see only half of the medalists. The other half face the other side of the road. Missed Ai Fukuhara, Saori Yoshida, Kohei Uchimura, etc. Wouldn't it be great if they made a U-turn and drove back so we can see the other half?
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And there they go.
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The parade went by in about 10 min. It was worth the wait and the hot sun. Wait till next time. Crowd will be more massive.
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