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On June 6, 2004, the Athens Olympic Torch Relay came through Tokyo as it has been doing at all cities in the world which had held a Summer Olympics. Starting point: Tokyo Big SightI chased the flame for Athens at several points in Tokyo.
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Dignitaries at the torch relay starting ceremony.
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Nagashima Kazushige substitues for his father, baseball hero Nagashima Shigeo, who was hospitalized.
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An Olympic torch attendant stands by to hand over the torch. In his right hand, he holds a small lantern housing a little flame in case the main torch is snuffed out.
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The Greek ambassador to Japan gives the torch to Kazushige.
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About 11 am: Here we go folks, the first of 136 runners in Tokyo.
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Kazushige runs on the sidewalk in Odaiba.
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Ginza 4-chome, Mitsukoshi Dept. StoreDespite the rain, all these people showed up just to see the torch relay. No one knew who would pass through here. But since Ginza was a major area of Tokyo, we assumed that it would be someone quite famous.
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Looking toward Matsuya Dept. Store.
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Cheerleaders even...
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Here they come
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Police escort
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Motorcycle escort
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It's singer Hashi Yukio (wow).
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Torch runner and famous singer Hashi Yukio passes through Ginza
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Koga Toshihiko (gold medalist in judo) carries the torch to Asakusa, in front of Kaminarimon Gate.
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Asakusa-style welcome for the sacred Olympic flame. (Golden Dragon Dance)
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Fireman's acrobatics
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Fireman's acrobatics
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Koga takes the torch again to light the next torch.
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Passing on the flame at Asakusa
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Cheerleaders blocking our view of the torch runner
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Omotesando with path coned off for the torch runner
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Torch relay point
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Bicycle cab
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Olympic ring sculpture along Omotesando
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Yoyogi GymnasiumTorch relay path is coned off.
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Coming down Omotesando, first are sponsor vehicles
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Photographers' truck
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Torch runner at Omotesando, for Athens 2004 Olympic Torch RelayMiura Yukari, a high school student from Fukushima Pref.

福島工業高等専門学校に通い、部活動はソフトボールという三浦由香里さん。
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Miura Yukari, a high school student from Fukushima Pref.Miura Yukari, a high school student from Fukushima Pref.

福島工業高等専門学校に通い、部活動はソフトボールという三浦由香里さん。
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Jacket
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Stage at Tokyo City Hall
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The crowd waits to see who the final torch runner is.
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It's Fukuhara Ai, table tennis player.
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Ai-chan and Tokyo governor Ishihara Shintaro hold the torch together.
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Ai-chan and Tokyo governor Ishihara Shintaro light the cauldron.
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The governor speaks.
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Ai-chan speaks.The frustrating thing about the torch relay was that they did not say which runner would be running where. A list of runners was made public, but there was no information about where they would run.
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Aug. 2004 - Flame for AthensCollage of photos I took on June 6, 2004 when the Olympic Torch Relay came through Tokyo.

In the middle is table tennis prodigy Ai Fukuhara speaking after she anchored the torch relay and lit the cauldron you see at Tokyo City Hall.

On the right is another runner who carried the torch across the Olympic Bridge in front of the Olympic Swimming Pool in Harajuku. Pictured in the background is a large Olympic sculpture at a shopping complex in Harajuku.

Japan brought home an unprecedented haul of 37 Olympic medals (16 gold, 9 silver, & 12 bronze). The 16 golds match the number received at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The medal count ranked 6th among all participating countries.

One thing I couldn't understand was the public apologies by the Japanese athletes who didn't win any medal or a gold. No need to apologize for doing one's best. The men's team gymnastics event was my favorite Olympic moment. When Tomita landed perfectly and everyone knew Japan bagged the gold. See photos of the Olympic torch relay here.

Cover photo and page design: © Philbert Ono

JAPANESE:

アテネへの火と夢
2004年6月6日に開催された都内の聖火リレーの写真コラージ。聖火ランナーの最後は愛ちゃんでした。撮影したのは、出発点の東京ビッグサイト(長嶋 一茂)、銀座(橋 幸夫)、浅草(古賀 稔彦)、表参道(一般)、とゴールの都庁都民広場(福原 愛)。岩崎 恭子と小谷 実可子も撮りたかったけどどこで走るか未公開のため、ダメでした。

ニッポンが史上最多のメダルを獲得して大変驚きました。気になったのは勝てなかった日本人選手が「申し訳ない」とよく謝る。全く謝る必要ない。一生懸命頑張ってくれて何が悪い??皆さんお疲れさまでした。40点以上の聖火リレーの写真をアップしました。どうぞご覧ください。
写真: © Philbert Ono.
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