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SCREENING: Tokyo Paralympics – Festival of Love and Glory

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Japan House London

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Japan House London presents two free screenings of the long-forgotten film Tokyo Paralympics – Festival of Love and Glory by Watanabe Kimio

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Tokyo 1964 marked the first time the term ‘Paralympics’ was used for the Games that had been known until then as the Stoke Mandeville Games (although it was the second time such Games had been held in the same city as the Olympic Games).

As part of the film programme in conjunction with the exhibition Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow, Japan House London presents two free public screenings of the long-forgotten documentary Tokyo Paralympics – Ai to Eiko no Saiten (Tokyo Paralympics – Festival of Love and Glory, released in 1965) directed by cinematographer Watanabe Kimio.

Recently restored after being rediscovered in the archives of Kadokawa Corp., it is an intimate documentary which offers a fascinating account of the Tokyo Paralympics Games of 1964 and allows insights into the journey of several pioneering Japanese athletes whose participation (along with that of over 300 other athletes from 20 national teams) helped raise disability awareness in their home country.

This screening is introduced by six-time Paralympian Noel Thatcher, who brings an athlete-centric perspective on the legacy of the Games and the evolution of Parasport.

The exhibition Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow is on display in the Gallery at Japan House London until 7 November 2021.

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