Tokyo Wonder Site wonders about site for 2016 Olympics: Tokyo?

Tokyo Wonder Site was the venue for a recently televised contest to find a visual identity for Tokyo’s proposed bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

In Oddly Enough by David Willoughby 2007-07-20

The winning design will not become the Games logo per se but will head a drive to win over sceptics, both here and abroad, who argue that what Tokyo needs is not more development but less.

Anyway, a diverse and somewhat shoddy set of proposals were put forward by a TWS-approved draft of young Japanese artists and the design expert chosen to judge them was revealed to be… none other than Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara himself!

Controversy has swirled around Ishihara’s involvement with Wonder Site – which has seen its budget swell as other cultural institutions have had theirs trimmed by the Governor’s office. When it emerged that Ishihara’s third son Nobuhiro was employed by TWS in a non-specific consultant role, the Japanese press responded with charges of nepotism. Now it seems that Ishihara has found a way to “isseki nichou” or kill two birds with one stone: using TWS to propagandise an Ishihara-driven Olympic bid that has no popular support, while simultaneously giving TWS something important to do. A great piece of circular thinking worthy of the Olympic hoops themselves.

David Willoughby

David Willoughby. Tokyo resident and writer for TABlog 2007-2008. » See other writings


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