then and now logosI have always wanted to attend the Olympic Games. Now that I live in Tokyo, that opportunity arose – in 2021.

Interested in reading about the 1964 Summer Games, also held in Tokyo, I looked for books on the topic – and discovered that there were none written on these Games in English. I changed that with the publication of “1964 The Greatest Year in the History of Japan: How the Tokyo Olympics Symbolized Japan’s Miraculous Rise from the Ashes.

I am a writer and consultant from New York with over three decades of experience in Asia, fascinated by the socio-economic and political change that has transformed this region, and through its growth, significantly impacted the global economy .

Now that Tokyo2020 has come and gone, I hope you will find this blog and my book excellent references for the Tokyo Olympiads, from this century and the one prior. My journey is done. May there be something I gleaned from my research that is of interest or help to you.

Roy Tomizawa

  • My appearance on NBC – Dreams on Hold, June 16, 2021
  • Please watch a fantastic panel of 1964 Olympians called “Tokyo 1964 Live Chat,” sponsored by the World Olympians Association (WOA). I proudly led this panel of incredible athletes who relived their memories of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
  • My appearance on a Japan House London webinar entitled “Witness to the 1964 Olympic Torch Relay: How the Olympic Flame Brought Excitement and Hope to Asia,” which took place on November 2, 2021.

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