On October 10, 1963, I was born.
One year later, on October 10, 1964, Tokyo was reborn.
Japan was on the rise in the early 1960s and the XVIII Olympiad provided an opportunity for Japan to show the world that it was not only back on its feet, but sprinting!
To recall the energy, ingenuity and enthusiasm of Japan that October in 1964, here is a wonderful gallery of pictures from the Yomiuri Shinbum Group.
Chapter One: Tokyo Reborn: See the Olympic venues under construction.
Chapter Two: Made in Japan: See the emergence of Seiko and IBM, taking Japan and the Olympics to the next level of technological achievement.
Chapter Three: “Omotenashi”: See the myriad ways in which Japan made visitors welcome, and gape with admiration.
Chapter Four: International Sports Festival: See how the Japanese athletes trained and groomed for their big coming out party, and how overseas athletes were welcomed to Japan.
Thanks to those Tokyo Games 52 years ago, October 10 was declared a public holiday in Japan – Sports Day – and has become a time of the year when schools all over Japan put their children through a variety of sporting activities, with their proud parents cheering them on.
It’s a day of health.
It’s a day of sport.
It’s a day of pride.
I think I’ll keep it as my birthday.