- Tokyo used a dazzling drone display to light up the night sky at the Olympic opening ceremonies.
- The views from outside the stadium may have been even cooler than those from inside.
- Click here for our complete Tokyo 2020 guide and ‘WHO TO WATCH’ list!
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are officially underway in 2021! It has been an arduous process to get to this point, but the opening ceremonies are complete.
While there was a somber nod to the COVID-19 pandemic, with one athlete working out on a treadmill in the middle of the stadium, it was an otherwise uplifting event. Fireworks rang out across the night sky, the parade of athletes marked a resounding message of hope and the Japanese capital did a solid job.
The highlight of the event came with an incredible drone show.
Dazzling drone display.
Tokyo, known well for its advancements in technology, lit up 1,824 drones above the Olympic Stadium.
PyeongChang used a similar display at the 2018 games, but Japan one-upped South Korea. At first, the drones created crazy pictograms.
Can u imagine all these are drones ? #OpeningCeremony #Olympic #OlympicGames #OLYMPICGAMESTOKYO2020 #Tokyo2020 #TokyoOlympics #TokyoOlympics2021 #TokyoOlympics2020 #Videos pic.twitter.com/2Q3rrSqT1U
— Dharmendra Dwivedi (धर्मेंद्र द्विवेदी) (@DharmendraTalks) July 23, 2021
The drones were also doing the #pictograms #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/4bzAeYQ1AA
— Zoe (@ZoeEntertheGame) July 23, 2021
And then appeared the Tokyo 2020 logo.
Flipando con los más de 1800 drones formando el logo de @Tokyo2020 y la bola del mundo!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #Espectáculo #CelebraTokyoRTVE pic.twitter.com/o6qdXv0lxD
— Sara Oropesa (@sara_oropesa) July 23, 2021
Shortly thereafter, the logo began to dissipate and transformed into a globe. A side view of the transition is mesmerizing.
Japan used drones to make the Olympic logo shape in the sky #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/KkA6mn2YKL
— headline.kwt® (@HeadlineKwt) July 23, 2021
The resulting display was remarkable and sat just atop the stadium roof.
That's no moon…it's a #Tokyo2020 drone display! 😲#Olympics | #UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether | #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/bIGD4UonPO
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) July 23, 2021
As the globe rotated, it made for a phenomenal display.
1,824 drones light up the sky above the Olympic Stadium as the #Tokyo2020 emblem seamlessly becomes a revolving globe 🤯😍🌏pic.twitter.com/x5ti4U6wv8
— FUN88 (@fun88eng) July 23, 2021
Videos and images from around Japan’s capital city depict the drone globe from a distance. It may be even cooler from afar.
— Mitsuki Sotoma (@mitsuki_123) July 23, 2021
— 上原 仁 / マイネット代表 / Game&Sports DX (@ueharajin) July 23, 2021
Drone light show in the sky.
Theme of #olympic opening ceremony is “United by emotion” pic.twitter.com/a9VXldQpyv
— Selina Wang (@selinawangtv) July 23, 2021
A spectacular drone light show above the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo while John Lennon's Imagine plays pic.twitter.com/mihfyLwPT3
— Rob Maul (@Rob_Maul) July 23, 2021
Even though the fans were limited to select VIPs, performers were at a minimum and Olympic teams had a capacity on the number of athletes who could march in the parade, the Opening Ceremonies were impressive and the drone show was at the forefront.
South Korea set the bar high with its technology and Japan raised the ball. Will it be topped in coming years?