Showing posts from August, 2019

Sleeping in a Cardboard Box in Tokyo

Not getting tickets for an Olympic event is one thing. But not having a place to sleep  is entirely another. Sometimes we take for granted the lodging choices that we have wherever we go. Then, suddenly, we are faced with a major event in town, and prices for these places of lodging skyrocket. Such is the issue that people are dealing with for next year's Olympics. Not only are the Olympics in a popular city, it's in a city that almost everyone already  wanted to visit sometime in their life! Put the two bucket list items (Olympics, Tokyo) together, and it's a win-win! But even a large city like Tokyo is dealing with exactly how to find all these people a place to sleep. Places that can be reasonably priced suddenly become impossible to afford , and some hotels are bought out by the IOC and don't have beds available at all! I saw this when I was looking for my own lodging. My goal was to be near the Olympic National Stadium, but eventually it just turne

Tokyo and its Heat Problem

Let's be hypothetical here. You have your flights booked to Tokyo. You managed to find an AirBNB. You've even managed to get tickets for several Olympic events - some of which are high-profile events! What is the next obstacle? Food? Not really. Transportation in the world? It has one of the most reliable mass transit systems in the world. Security? Remember: if someone says they have a high level of security, they usually compare it to the Olympics. The biggest obstacle is the heat. The average high temperature in August in Tokyo is 88 degrees Fahrenheit. And it is accompanied by an average of 80% humidity. Do you see what I'm getting at? During the first week of August this year, 57 Japanese people died from the heat and over 18,000  were hospitalized from it. When the Olympics were last held in Tokyo, they were actually in October - technically, that doesn't count as summer for any  part of the world! But it meant better temperatures for everyone. This

Opening Ceremonies: How To Improve the Broadcast

Today I'm going to start with the Olympic Channel Video of the Week , and it's for a good reason. Last Thursday marked the 11th anniversary of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony - a ceremony named by many professionals and fans as the greatest opening ceremony of all time. To celebrate, the Olympic Channel YouTube page finally  put the entire ceremony up. Watch it - all four hours! - below: I took several sessions to watch the whole thing, and it was worth every minute. I didn't even fast-forward through the 204 countries and got to see government representatives stand and wave their flag in glee as their country marched into the stadium. I watched the energy level of most of the Chinese volunteers remain high through all two hours of athletes. And I got to hear how many times the Scottish bagpipes and Mexican mariachi music were played! (I will admit: London 2012 had the best Opening Ceremony  soundtrack  of all time. I bought it on iTunes and still lis

World Records

Just the phrase, "World Record" sounds so epic and amazing. If anything or anyone can add the tag "World Record Holder" to their resume, it automatically boosts that resume. In the past few weeks, several world records have fallen in Olympic sports. The World Championships of Swimming were held last week, and eleven  world records were broken. Actually, two of the world records were for the same event; in the men's 200m breaststroke, Australia's Matthew Wilson broke the record, but in the final it was broken again by Russia's Anton Chupkov! On the track, Dalilah Muhammad broke the 400m hurdles world record during the US National Championships. I got to watch it, and she was basically the only one in the viewing audience that knew she was going to give it a shot! (And looking at Ashley Spencer's reaction behind her makes it even better.) But it wasn't even the first track world record to be broken this month . The Netherlands' Sifan Has