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18 August 2012 (Abandoned Olympic Sites)

August 18, 2012

Although I hardly got to watch the Olympics in London this time around, I’m still a bit sad that it is over.
(Although we still have the Paralympics to look forward to!)

I came across a fascinating photo collection of abandoned Olympics sites around the world.

今回の2012年ロンドンオリンピックはほとんど鑑賞することができなかったのですが、
それでも終わってしまうと淋しい。
(パラリンピックはまだこれからですけどね!)

そんな中、放棄されたオリンピック会場の写真集を見つけました。


1984 Olympic Ski Jump Venue — Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, image via Flavorwire
1984年オリンピックスキージャンプ台、サラエボ・ボスニア・ヘルツェゴビナ、Flavorwireより


1952 Olympics Swimming Stadium — Lake Ahvenisto, Finland, image via Flavorwire
1952年オリンピック水泳スタジアム、Lake Ahvenisto、フィンランド、Flavorwireより

According to the website, “some former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that belie their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules.”

I’m happy to say that the 1964 Tokyo Olympics Village is put to fantastic use today. They added many impressive facilities including two theaters with a huge rehearsal space and many rooms with pianos and basic audio equipment that are rented out to a variety of artistic and creative groups, including my African dance class.

If you’re intrigued for more photos, do visit the collection over at Flavorwire.

このウェブサイトによると、
「元オリンピック会場の中にはグランドオープニングの姿とは反するように
刑務所、住宅、モール、体育館、教会などに改造され使用されているものもある。
それ以外の会場は何十年も使用されないまま、悲劇的なタイムカプセルに変身する。」

嬉しいことに、1964年東京オリンピック選手村は現在「オリセン」こと
国立オリンピック記念青少年総合センターとして生まれ変わり、大活躍しています。
私はこの会場にアフリカンダンスのクラスを受けてに行っていました。
合唱、演劇、その他あらゆるジャンルのグループが数多くある練習室で活動し、
小・大のサイズのホールも色んな発表会やショーに活躍されています。

もっと元オリンピック会場の写真をみたい方はこちらをご覧ください。

Much love,
Kaori

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2012 7:29 am

    I miss it all too. I miss being able to turn on the TV now and then to see so many people doing such incredible things!

  2. August 21, 2012 11:50 pm

    Ah, it was so good and I felt very proud to be British🙂
    Where was the Olympic Village in Tokyo?

    • August 22, 2012 8:55 am

      One of the few times I got to watch the Olympics I saw the British women duo win the gold in rowing. The excitement was bursting from the screen, I was totally covered in goose bumps🙂
      The former Olympic Village is near Yoyogi Koen. I used to walk from the Odakyu line station Sangubashi but it’s also accessible from a Chiyoda line station (the name escapes me now) as well as from Harajuku (a long walk through the park). Ah, this is making me miss it all so much!

  3. August 22, 2012 8:36 pm

    Ah, yes, I think I remember it now! You can see it from the bridge that crosses the road in front of the entrance to Meiji shrine…maybe! Ah, makes me miss Tokyo too!
    My favourite Olympic moment was Mo Farah winning the 5000m. Soooo exciting.

    • August 23, 2012 5:19 pm

      I didn’t get to see any of the athletics this time around.. what a bummer! It always amazes me how much those athletes can do and how much drama they can produce in just a matter of seconds.

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