The Olympic Games will be taking place in Tokyo from 23 July to 8 August this year for a historic edition. To make this occasion as exciting as possible for everyone, The Olympic Museum is presenting a programme of activities that are 100 per cent free of charge, for young and old alike, during the two weeks of the Games.
Workshops, film shows, performances and guided tours Every day from 23 July to 8 August, the public can enjoy a series of themed workshops based around the Sport X Manga exhibition, cultural workshops to learn about the host country, film shows, guided tours, plus, of course, live coverage of the competitions at The Museum. Through a range of activities, The Olympic Museum is offering a deep dive into Japanese culture, so that everyone can learn something. Try your hand at kendama, the Japanese version of the cup-and-ball game; learn how to create a furoshiki, Japanese gift wrapping using material rather than paper; become an expert on kakimoji, the Japanese manga sound effects lettering; have a glass of sake, Japan’s most iconic alcoholic drink; learn how to create a Japanese mask; and go back in time by playing classic video games in the retro-gaming zone, in partnership with the Musée Bolo in Lausanne. To take part, simply sign up for each activity on the day (limited number of places available). Watch “The Witches of the Orient”, a documentary directed by Julien Faraut which tells the story of the Japanese women’s volleyball team that went on to become the surprise winner of the tournament at the Tokyo Games in 1964, or “Tomorrow’s leaves”, the animated short film from Studio Ponoc co-produced by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage for the Tokyo 2020 Games. And if that is not enough, watch the Opening and Closing Ceremonies plus live coverage of the competitions on a giant screen, for some guaranteed excitement and emotion. The Games period is also an opportunity to check out the Sport X Manga temporary exhibition, on show at The Olympic Museum until 21 November 2021. Guided tours with an activity leader will reveal the secrets of various sports manga, their stories and their heroes.
“Chill & Dine” evenings at TOM Café on Friday 23 and 30 July, and 6 August. To celebrate the Games in Tokyo, there will be three exceptional “Chill & Dine” Friday evenings at TOM Café, on 23 and 30 July, and 6 August. The menu for these evenings will feature three Japan-themed courses, to be sampled with a breath-taking view over Lake Geneva. And up to 8 p.m., the public can visit the Sport X Manga exhibition free of charge, or enjoy a kawai shopping session at TOM Shop. The musical entertainment will be provided by pop and soul singer Shana Pearson.
Throughout the period of the Games, there will be a special Japan-themed menu, plus a picnic and takeaway range at TOM Café and TOM Snack Bar.
Activities free of charge. Sign up at The Museum on the day of the activity (subject to availability).