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Now that the Olympics have started, it seems that there is only one thing in the news in Britain. Well, there are also some stories about Spain being on the verge of financial disaster, but those stories have been around for a few months now, so no one takes any notice of them anymore. I have a feeling that will become really big news one of these days, though.

Did you watch the opening ceremony? I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m going to watch it when I get home tonight. The reviews in the press were really good, so it seems to have been successful in achieving its aims. By the way, did you hear about the security problems before the games started? The company who had been paid to provide security guards didn’t send enough people, so the police and the army have been called in to help. There has also been a big problem with empty seats at many of the venues. Apparently, athletes who could not get tickets for their families were really angry to see big parts of the stands completely empty, and there have been lots of stories about this in the British media over the weekend. From now on, however, the focus will hopefully be on the sport rather than the politics.

To be honest, the Olympics does not do much for me. I want to watch the 100m finals, but apart from that, I’m not really interested. I don’t like the fact that there is so much corruption behind the organisation of the Games, I don’t like the inclusion of sports like football and tennis for which the Olympics is not even really important, and I don’t like the way the games have become so commercialised. (Apparently, only Visa cards could be used to buy tickets for the Games because Visa are one of the official sponsors. I also heard one of the organisers say people wearing Pepsi T-shirts would not be allowed in because Coca-Cola is a main sponsor.)

Having said that, I have a lot of respect for the athletes, and I’m sure there will be some great stories. For this week’s entry, I thought it would be interesting to find out what everyone thinks about the Olympics. Here are some questions to get you started, but please feel free to write anything you like.

1. Do you like the Olympics? Why (not)?
2. Did you watch the opening ceremony? What did you think?
3. Which events will you be watching?
4. Which event(s) are you looking forward to the most?
5. Who is your favourite athlete?
6. In which events do you expect Japan to win medals?

Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

PS
As you know, I went to Suzuka this weekend to help Tonari San in the 8-hour endurance race. We were part of a team from a shop called “Motokids,” and there were three bikes in the team, each with three riders. The numbers of the bikes were #51, #52, and #53. Tonari San’s team were #52, and they were using his bike. The bike crashed twice during the race (not when Tonari San was riding), but there was not much damage, so the mechanics were able to repair it, and the team carried on. In the end, #52 came 35th out of about 60 finishers, so everyone was happy. There was one really scary incident where one of the top riders crashed and the bike burst into flames, but the rider was not hurt, and the team rebuilt the bike in about two hours and sent one of the other riders out to ride it to the end of the race.

26 Comments

  1. YU on Monday July 30th, 2012 at 03:06 PM

    Hi David,

    Congratulation on finishing the race!
    I had a look at the official site of Suzuka 8 hours race, and it seems that many teams couldn’t reach the goal.

    > and the team rebuilt the bike in about two hours and sent one of the other riders out to ride it to the end of the race.

    Wow! How skillful they are!!
    Do you mean they rebuilt a completely new bike in two hours or repaired?? Anyway, that sounds very professional!!

    I’ll write about this week’s topic later!



  2. David Barker on Monday July 30th, 2012 at 03:09 PM

    Hi YU,

    I think you are allowed to replace everything except the frame, so they would have had to take the bike to pieces, figure out which bits were okay, replace the damaged parts, and then rebuild the machine. They were a top professional Honda team, though, so it wouldn’t have been very difficult for them.



  3. YU on Monday July 30th, 2012 at 05:09 PM

    Hi David and everyone,

    > There has also been a big problem with empty seats at many of the venues.

    I heard the story too.
    I actually don’t know who sells the tickets. Maybe IOC!?
    Anyway, I wonder how do the organisation allocate the tickets. They sell(or even give for free!?) them for the sponsor companies first(!?) so that it becomes difficult for ordinary people to get the tickets? If so, it’s really unfair. Atheletes’ families should get the tickets first!!

    Whenever I try to buy baseball tickets, the best seats are always occupied, but getting at the stadium, I always see many empty seats… I heard that sponsor companies buy those seats for the whole season and use them for their clients’ 接待…

    > I don’t like the inclusion of sports like football and tennis for which the Olympics is not even really important,

    I agree.
    “Softball” was excluded this time, and “golf” will be included next time…Who decides such things? IOC again?

    1. Do you like the Olympics? Why (not)?

    Yes, I do.
    I’m bad at sports, so I simply like watching someone playing sports instead of me!

    2. Did you watch the opening ceremony? What did you think?

    Yes, but only partially…
    To be honest, I fell asleep during the entrance march…, but miraculously woke up again just before Japanese team started it!! 🙂

    I thought the ceremony was not too flashy or artificial as the last one in Beijing, but was arrnged a rich and varied program. As I’m a lowbrow, I was rather more interested in the British superstars (James Bond, David Beckham, Paul McCartney, Mr. Bean, etc..)
    than other performances…

    3. Which events will you be watching?

    I’ll watch as many as I can…until my stamina runs out.

    4. Which event(s) are you looking forward to the most?

    Men’s 100m run final, swimming races and men’s marathon race.

    5. Who is your favourite athlete?

    It’s very difficult to answer…
    I cheer for all athletes in Japanese team and my husband’s country team. Only about ten athletes take part in the games from his country, though…

    6. In which events do you expect Japan to win medals?

    Men’s gymnastics, swimming, Judo, women’s sailing, etc…

    By the way, do you think Tokyo should invite the Olympic game ahead? I heard that residents in Tokyo are not really interested in it, but it seems that only the Governor Ishihara wants it no matter what. He spent a lot of money last time and finally failed it. I personally feel he likes to spend other peoples’ money very much for his personal aims.

    It is said that the Olympic brings an enormous economic effects on the venue, but if it’s so, I think that the most suitable site for the next Olympic in Japan is Tohoku.



  4. Anne on Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 07:16 AM

    Hi David and everyone,

    David, congratulations! No one was injured and the team got the result. Good for you guys!

    >There has also been a big problem with empty seats at many of the venues.
    —Before the Olympics have started, you heard about various kinds of problems. It sounds ridiculous to know the fact that there are hundreds of people who want to get the tickets, but can’t, and you see a lot of empty seats at each arena.

    > I don’t like the fact that there is so much corruption behind the organisation of the Games

    —-Yes, indeed. You can’t speak Olympics without the issue of money and politics!

    Here are my answers:

    1. Do you like the Olympics? Why (not)?

    Yes, I like.
    There are something magical and lots of stories in the Olympics.

    2. Did you watch the opening ceremony? What did you think?

    Yes, I did.
    I really enjoyed watching the Opening Ceremony, especially first one hour; it depicted the history and the nature of the UK. While I was watching the ceremony, I thought to myself, “This is it!” It was like the scene of the movie and was amazing. I liked Kenneth Branagh and JK Rowling having read books. I liked Rowan Atkinson’s humorous performance. I liked the scene James Bond and the Queen’s appearance; it reminded me of a movie called “The Queen” and a book called ” Uncommon Reader.” The Queen’s cogis were lovely.

    3. Which events will you be watching?

    I’d love to watch as many as I can.

    4. Which event(s) are you looking forward to the most?

    Marason
    I like watching marason because it enables me to share 2 hours and some minutes drama with runners, and especially this times, marathon course is designed to pass as many as notable landmarks like Buckingham Palace. I hear the course is a bit difficult to pass through for runners than usual. Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing these places in London as the background to the runners.

    5. Who is your favourite athlete?

    Hmmm… it’s difficult to name one athlete. Well.. I’m interested in Saori Yoshida, the female wrestling player.

    6. In which events do you expect Japan to win medals?

    Gymnastics, swimming, Judo, wrestling, football, tennis and a lot!
    By the way, Japan’s men won the silver.

    Bye for now,

    Anne



  5. Anne on Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Hi David,

    It’s a small thing, but there isn’t a title “London 2012” of the latest entry on the page “デビッド.バーカーの英語と仲直りブログ.”

    Anne



  6. Fumie on Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Hi David and everyone,

    I don’t usually watch any sports. I prefer doing sports to watching them although I’m not good at any sports. But that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in the Olympics or any sports. I watch the highlights of the games on the news. I don’t watch whole game of any sports.
    Here are my answers to your questions.
    1. Do you like the Olympics? Why (not)?
    I don’t particulary like it or not like it.(
    好きでも嫌いでもない)
    2. Did you watch the opening ceremony? What did you think?
    I just watched the digest of it on the news. I thought it’s great and it’s a well-made plot.
    3. Which events will you be watching?
    I will watch highlights of every sports.
    4. Which event(s) are you looking forward to the most?
    Probably, socceer especially Nadeshiko Japan.
    5. Who is your favourite athlete?
    I don’t have any favorite athlete but I like people who achieve something big after overcame difficulties. Seeing their spirits always give me courage.
    6. In which events do you expect Japan to win medals?
    soccer, judo, gymnastics, swimming and marathon.

    Your team got a good results on the race at Suzuka. Good for you! It’s a relief to know that no one was injured. But it’s a dangerous yet thrilling sport.

    When are you leaving for the UK?

    Fumie



  7. rinko on Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 03:14 PM

    Hi David and everyone.

    I’m glad to hear you had a great time in Suzuka,David!

    >By the way, did you hear about the security problems before the games started?

    I did. And also I was very surprised to know that Indian woman who had nothing to do with olympics at all slipped into the group of Indian atheletes and marched with them at opening ceremony! I didn’t watch the scene of this on TV, but I saw the picture of newspaper that she was quite noticeable because she wore a casual red jacket and jeans among the Indian athletes in Olympic uniforms. And I felt scared to see that she waves her hand to the audience with smile unconcernedly.
    I heard Indian Olympic Committee had already blamed the security. Anyway it’s really strange incident….

    Here are my answers.

    1. Do you like the Olympics? Why (not)?

    Yes. I like it very much. I usually watch the sports although I don’t play any of them. The Olympic games are held on the international stage only once four years and it’s very special to athletes,I think. So I’m more excited to see and cheer them than usual and sometimes cry seeing them and their families with tears for joy after getting medals.

    2. Did you watch the opening ceremony? What did you think?

    Yes I did…but only the last part of it. Reading Anne’s comment, I thought I should have woken up early and watched all…

    3. Which events will you be watching?

    Mainly Judo,swimming and track and field.

    4. Which event(s) are you looking forward to the most?

    Judo. I can’t go out in the evening of this week!

    5. Who is your favourite athlete?

    Actually I don’t have favorite one this time. I liked Kousei Inoue who was a Golden medalist of Judo at the Sydney Olympics.

    6. In which events do you expect Japan to win medals?
    Judo,swimming,gymnastics,football.

    I’m very happy to see Japan has already got some madals.

    Have a nice day everyone!

    rinko



  8. Tomo on Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 03:39 PM

    Hi Kattie,

    Nice to hear from you again, and thank you for letting us know about the UK housing market. It was very interesting!

    Hi David and everyone,

    I’m glad you survived in the incredibly hot weather, and a big congratulations to your team!
     
    >There was one really scary incident where one of the top riders crashed and the bike burst into flames, but the rider was not hurt,

    I’m glad the rider was not hurt, but how could he survived in an incident like that with no injury?! Was it just luck? Or good riders are good at falling off a bike as well as riding?

    Anyway, here are my answers to the questions.

    1. Do you like the Olympics? Why (not)?

    Yes, but I prefer the Winter Olympics to the summer ones because I love watching figure skating. As Rinko said, the event only takes place every four years, so it’s very special for athletes, and that makes things more exciting and interesting.

    2. Did you watch the opening ceremony? What did you think?

    I didn’t watch the whole ceremony, but I saw Paul McCartney sing “Hey Jude” and the fireworks. It was beautiful.

    3. Which events will you be watching?

    I mainly watch highlights on the news, but I’ll be watching the soccer game between Japan and South Africa tonight.

    4. Which event(s) are you looking forward to the most?

    Soccer, swimming, and judo.

    5. Who is your favourite athlete?

    I didn’t know him before he won the bronze medal, but… Hagino Kosuke! He is an amazing high school boy!!

    6. In which events do you expect Japan to win medals?

    Judo, swimming, and soccer!

    Tomo



  9. David Barker on Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 04:07 PM

    Hi Tomo,

    Professional riders are very good at falling. They get a lot of practice at it!

    Did you see the story about the 16-year-old Chinese swimmer? Apparently, she swam the final 100m of her event faster than the winner of the men’s race. A lot of people are now saying that is physically impossible, and that she must be using drugs.



  10. Tomo on Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Hi David,

    > They get a lot of practice at it!

    That sounds scarier than riding at high speed!!

    >Did you see the story about the 16-year-old Chinese swimmer?

    Yes, I read the news. I’m not sure if she used drugs or not, but I hope all the athletes compete cleanly and fairly. Otherwise the Olympics(and all sports events) would mean nothing.

    Tomo



  11. amo on Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Hi David and everyone,

    >There has also been a big problem with empty seats at many of the venues.

    I didn’t know about that until you mentioned, but I came across the news when I surfed the net last night. I didn’t notice that there were empty seats when I watched Judo and Swimming.

    1. Do you like the Olympics? Why (not)?

    Yes, I do:) I simply like watching sports, but I myself, don’t do any sports.

    2. Did you watch the opening ceremony? What did you think?

    Yes, I did. I was interested in the ceremony since I had heard that Danny Boyle would direct it. I liked it very much. Like Anne, I enjoyed the first part of the ceremony.

    3. Which events will you be watching?

    Swimming, gymnastics, Judo and track and field

    4. Which event(s) are you looking forward to the most?

    Swimming and gymnastics.

    5. Who is your favourite athlete?

    I don’t have any favourite athletes at the moment.

    6. In which events do you expect Japan to win medals?

    Judo, swimming and gymnastics.

    >Did you see the story about the 16-year-old Chinese swimmer?

    Yes, I read the news but she denied it and I want to believe her.

    Good night,
    amo



  12. taco on Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Hello David and everyone,
    This topic is hot and interesting because I ‘ve wanted to learn English about the Olympics.

    1. Do you like the Olympics? Why (not)?
    Yes, I do. It is a big event for the world.
    2. Did you watch the opening ceremony? What did you think?
    Yes. It was very interesting, especially when five big iron circles got together in the air and became the Olympic symbol.
    3. Which events will you be watching?
    As many as I can till I go to bed. I wouldn’t stay up late for the Olympics.
    4. Which event(s) are you looking forward to the most?
    I’m looking forward to tracks.
    5. Who is your favourite athlete?
    All Japanese athletes!
    6. In which events do you expect Japan to win medals?
    I just hope every athlete’s effort would pay off.

    I have some questions on this entry.
    I had known オリンピック was called the Olympics (plural), so it made sense to me when David said “Now that the Olympics have started”, here the Olympics is used in plural. But the second time when David said “the Olympics does not do much for me…”, this “the Olympics” is in singular. I don’t understand how to use them correctly. And also, can I take “event” as 競技? I have been wondering how to say 競技.

    >I don’t like the inclusion of sports like football and tennis for which the Olympics is not even really important,
    This part sounds interesting to me because I’ve never seen this “the inclusion of sports”. I think I understand what David meant. (Yes indeed, most tennis players see themselves in the US open next month. Yet all athletes, including tennis players, looked so happy when marching into the stadium at the opening ceremony, I liked it. That’s the Olympics. So special!)
    I want Japan to get more gold!!
    See you,
    taco



  13. Anne on Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Hi David and everyone,

    Are you enjoying watching the Olympic games on TV? Me? Yes, I am.
    I watched swimming this morning. Kousuke Kitajima passed semi-final fifth in the 200 breaststroke. He had won 2 gold medals in the last two Olympics, and of course a lot of people expect him to win the gold medal again. As you know, he ended up in the fifth place in the 100 breaststroke. When I was watching the interview after the race this morning, I thought he had matured a bit. In the last two Olympics, he looked sparkling and looked like a naughty boy, but this time, his atmosphere was different from those ones. I’m not sure if it was because of the result or not, but anyway I felt something special in him ,and he looked nice in a different way. Well… I hope he wins the medal at the final whatever the color might be.

    >Did you see the story about the 16-year-old Chinese swimmer?
    —Yes, I did. She returned a negative drug test, but still this issue seems to be controversial.

    Hi YU,
    > do you think Tokyo should invite the Olympic game ahead?
    —Yes and no. I personally want to watch the Olympics in Japan, but it took tons of money,right?

    Hi taco,
    As for the word “The Olympics”, this comes from “The Olympic games” ,so it makes sense you write it as a plural. In the case of singular, I’m guessing that you take it as a whole. Did I get it right?

    Good night,

    Anne,



  14. kattie on Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Hi everyone,

    I watched the opening ceremony and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, before I watching it I thought it would be very glitzy but not particularly interesting. Danny Boyle’s depiction of British history in the opening scene was brilliant, it reminded me of West End London musicals I have seen, except it was even bigger and more spectacular. The scenes which highlighted British achievements, for example the NHS (The National Health Service), well known British television programmes and British music were also very well done but I wondered whether foreigners would understand many of these references and whether the presenters in Japan and other countries were well briefed about the meanings of the scenes beforehand, so could help explain them to the viewers. Incidentally, one of my daughter’s friends was a volunteer and there was a close up shot of him standing with two other men, they were all dressed in old fashioned country clothes – he has short, red hair so he’s quite easy to spot – did any of you notice him?

    From talking to friends and watching the television I think that, before the Olympics started, many people in the UK were a bit fed up with all the money being spent, especially because most of it has been poured into London and the South East and this is the richest part of the UK anyway. Some events are being held in other areas but these are few and far between. Many people outside the South East found it hard to feel part of the event but I think Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony brought people together.

    I don’t really like watching many sports on television but the Olympics is different – I particularly like watching the athletics, gymnastics, rowing and swimming and when Britain isn’t taking part, I now support Japan – especially because we have Japanese guests with us at the moment!

    David mentioned the problem of empty seats at many of the events. I think one of the reasons is because the ticket buying process is very time consuming and annoying! Tom and I thought we would see if we could get some last minute tickets because we were told that there were a lot that were still unsold and that many of these were still quite cheap. After about half an hour of trying we gave up because the website does not tell you what tickets are available at each price range at the beginning and you have to go through each sport/event you are interested in individually, fill in your details and, only after you have done this, will it then tell you that the only tickets available for that event are extremely expensive (e.g the only tickets still available for the closing ceremony are £650 each!). You then have to repeat the whole process until you find a sport which has some reasonably priced tickets. The people who dreamt up this ‘system’ seem to be completely out of touch – the price of the tickets is obviously one of the most important factors for most people!

    It’s really interesting to hear what you all think about the Olympics and the Olympic ceremony – an American friend of my eldest daughter said that he couldn’t understand anything about the opening ceremony and thought the British must be very weird!



  15. Fumie on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 09:57 AM

    Hi Kattie,

    You found the opening ceremony of the Olympics more interesting than you thought.
    >~I wondered whether foreigners would understand many of these references and whether the presenters in Japan and other countries were well briefed about the meanings of the scenes beforehand, so could help explain them to the viewers.
    I just watched the highlights of it on the news and I tried to watch the whole ceremony on Youtube but I couldn’t find the ones which show us all of the ceremony. So there is no right for me to give an opinion to your comment, but I simply like the specutacular and beauty of it though I don’t understand the British history. I think the reason that an American friend of your daughter said a little harsh comment about the opening ceremony was he couldn’t understand it.
    Here is the site with some pictures along with little bits of explanations.

    http://www.hellomagazine.com/celebrities/201207278815/london-2012-olympics-opening-ceremony/

    Thank you for telling us the problem of empty seats at many of the events. It’s seems really time-consuming and annying!

    Hi taco,

    It seems that Kattie answered your question. 競技 is sport/event.
    >~and you have to go through each sport/event you are interested in individually,~

    Hi everyone,

    Japanese athletes won many medals. Kouhei Uchimura did it! He won the gold medal. His performances were awesome.

    Fumie



  16. Anne on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Hi Kettie,

    Thank you for explaining about the tickets problems. Buying tickets sounds so complicated. By the way, the ticket for the closing ceremony is £650!? Wow! It’s so expensive!

    >I wondered whether foreigners would understand many of these references
    –In Japan, the presenters explained each scene,people and history, so it was easy to follow the ceremony and to understand what they meant. Having said that, whether people in foreign countries liked the ceremony or no is another thing…I can’t believe your daughter’s friend’s remark!

    >he has short, red hair so he’s quite easy to spot – did any of you notice him?

    I didn’t remember him, but actually I recorded the whole ceremony because I wanted to watch it again later. I watched the ceremony again and I found him! Is he a guy who appeared just before Kenneth Branagh recited shakesperar’s verse? If so, he is so hansome and lovely:)

    Hi Fumie and everyone,
    Yeah, Kouhei Uchimura did it!

    Anne



  17. Anne on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    It’s me again.
    Sorry, I made lots of spelling mistakes.
    >he is so hansome —he is so handsome
    >shakesperar’s–Shakespeare’s
    >whether people in foreign countries liked the ceremony or no —whether people in foreign countries liked the ceremony or not

    I mistakenly posted the comment before rereading sentences….sigh…

    Anne



  18. YU on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 04:19 PM

    Hi taco,

    Actually, I was not really sure if I understood what David mentioned correctly…Maybe I’m wrong.
    I commented on his sentence as follows..

    > I don’t like the inclusion of sports like football and tennis for which the Olympics is not even really important,

    > I agree.
    “Softball” was excluded this time, and “golf” will be included next time…Who decides such things? IOC again?

    I thought David wanted to say “football” or “tennis” are very popular sports. The players have many chances to play in big games equivalent to the Olympics, can earn a lot of money, and you can even see them playing on TV throughout the year.
    As you say, tennis has four big
    championships in a year and many other competitions, and football has World Cup every four year, and some countries even have well-known professional leagues. So I wondered why they still need an extra place to play – Olympics. For the same reason, I didn’t understand why “golf” will be included next time. “Softball” is a minor sport, you almost never have chance to see the players except in Olympic games, but it was excluded.
    So, finally I don’t understand why some events are included and the others are excluded. I have a feeling that it has a lot to do with money(Olympic sponsors).

    Hi Anne,

    > do you think Tokyo should invite the Olympic game ahead?
    —Yes and no. I personally want to watch the Olympics in Japan, but it took tons of money,right?

    I want to watch it in Japan too, but I don’t think it needs to be held in Tokyo again. As Kattie mentioned, like London in the UK, Tokyo is the richest city in Japan, so they should give the place to other cities in Japan this time.



  19. YU on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 04:48 PM

    Hi everyone,

    Did you hear that 8 badminton players were disqualified because of their 無気力試合?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19090195

    Of course, I don’t like their ways of thinking, but in some group sports like soccer, once they are qualified the finals, some coaches use more substitute players in order not to “win too much”, so that they can avoid facing the strong team in the next match. And this is called “作戦”. But, what are the differences between 無気力試合 and “作戦”!?



  20. Anne on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 04:54 PM

    Hi Kattie,
    I noticed I had made a mistake of your name.
    It’s very rude and I ‘m so sorry.
    I hope you didn’t feel bad.

    Hi Fumie,
    Thank you for letting us know the site. I had a look at each picture and they are very nice, aren’t they?
    How did you find it?

    Hi YU,
    I understand what you mean, but do you think it’s realistic to be held in Tohoku area without “the huge support of Japanese government.” A couple of years ago, there were an idea that both Hiroshima and Nagasaki put themselves forward as candidate to host the Olympics but it disappeared. After all, it the matter of money,isn’t it? I also wonder if Tokyo would be chosen, governor Ishihara happened to have such idea, I mean, they decide some events are being held in Tohoku area.

    Hi everyone,
    I just got back home and it was so hot to walk outside!

    Anne



  21. YU on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 05:39 PM

    Hi Anne,

    Of course, I don’t think it’s realistic, but I just meant the place where needs an enormous economic effects the most in Japan now is undoubtedly “Tohoku”, not Tokyo.

    > I also wonder if Tokyo would be chosen, governor Ishihara happened to have such idea, I mean, they decide some events are being held in Tohoku area.

    I don’t think Tokyo would be chosen, that’s why I think Ishihara should give up his idea.
    I heard that after the Fukushima disaster, it even got more diffiicult for Tokyo to win. Apparently, IOC? asked Japan(Tokyo) to show the countermeasures against the quakes, nuclear power plant disasters more clearly at the last meeting.



  22. taco on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 06:14 PM

    Hello YU,
    I’m afraid I confused you. I just wanted to say that this expression “the inclusion of sports” was interesting because this was new to me and I would never create this expression myself. Actually I wanted someone here to explain what exactly “the inclusion of sports” meant. I was not supposed to say David’s opinion itself was interesting or I didn’t disagree with David and you. I was a bit surprised when I found your comment to me and read my post again. ただ単に、「テニスは来月全米オープンがあるから、ほとんどの選手はそちらに向かって調整しているだろうな。それでも、入場のとき、セルビアの旗手はテニス選手ですごくうれしそうだったから、やっぱりオリンピックって特別なんだろうな」と言いたかっただけです。I’m sorry, but I can’t say anything about golf, softball or money. ソフトボールが外れたのは私も残念に思います。Anyway, thank you very much for your comment.
    taco



  23. YU on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 06:17 PM

    correction:

    > that’s why I think Ishihara should give up his idea

    Ishihara should give up on the idea of inviting the Olympics.



  24. YU on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 06:40 PM

    Hi taco,

    >Actually I wanted someone here to explain what exactly “the inclusion of sports” meant. I was not supposed to say David’s opinion itself was interesting or I didn’t disagree with David and you.

    I knew that it was not your intension, don’t worry!!
    I also just wanted to know what David actually meant by his sentence.

    > I don’t like the inclusion of sports like football and tennis for which the Olympics is not even really important.

    ”サッカーやテニスのようなあまりオリンピックが重要でないスポーツが(競技)に含まれているのもあまり気に入らないな。”

    私はこんな風かな、と思ってコメント書きましたが、さ~、合っているのかしら。。。

    > ただ単に、「テニスは来月全米オープンがあるから、ほとんどの選手はそちらに向かって調整しているだろうな。それでも、入場のとき、セルビアの旗手はテニス選手ですごくうれしそうだったから、やっぱりオリンピックって特別なんだろうな」と言いたかっただけです。

    わかります。やっぱりオリンピックはテニスの4大大会などとは比べ物にならないくらい沢山の人が観ているし、選手も特別な感情があるんだと思います。



  25. kattie on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Hi Fumie
    >I think the reason that an American friend of your daughter said a little harsh comment about the opening ceremony was he couldn’t understand it.
    I wasn’t upset by Emily’s friend’s comment because I agree with you that he probably didn’t understand it and so perhaps some of the American TV presenters didn’t explain what the scenes were depicting – it’s nice to hear from Anne that the Japanese presenters did explain things.

    Hi Anne,
    I don’t mind at all that you made a mistake with my name. Even British people get my name wrong – I am often called Katie, Kathy and Kassy, this is because Kattie is an unusual abbreviation for Katherine in the UK, although I think it’s more common is some other parts of Europe.

    >Thank you for explaining about the tickets problems. Buying tickets sounds so complicated. By the way, the ticket for the closing ceremony is £650!? Wow! It’s so expensive!
    I’m not sure but I think some of the tickets for the closing ceremony might have been cheaper but the ones that are left are very expensive.

    >I didn’t remember him, but actually I recorded the whole ceremony because I wanted to watch it again later. I watched the ceremony again and I found him! Is he a guy who appeared just before Kenneth Branagh recited shakesperar’s verse? If so, he is so hansome and lovely:)
    I checked again and Emily’s friend (his name is Andy) was in the group of three that came on just before Kenneth Branagh, I will tell him you said he was handsome and lovely, he will be very pleased!

    Hi Yu,
    I think I agree that tennis and men’s football should not be in the Olympics because they have lots of other opportunities to play in big matches and so the Olympics are not very important to them but I think that the Olympics are very important for increasing the profile of women’s football so it’s nice to see it included.



  26. YU on Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 09:56 AM

    correction:

    intension -> intention

    Hi Kattie,

    Ticket for the closing ceremony is £650!?
    With a French full course dinner and a door-to-door pick up service!?
    That’s ridiculous!!

    I read in an article that there was a big demonstration against the “Corporate Olympics” in east London. “Two million free tickets for the rich” and “roads being turned into exclusive highways for VIPs”…. Is that probably one of the reasons why lots of ordinary people like you couldn’t get the tickets at reasonable prices!?

    I know it’s too late to say, but I think “ALL” the tickets(except the ones for athletes’ families) should have been allocated by computer lot or something like that…

    > I think that the Olympics are very important for increasing the profile of women’s football so it’s nice to see it included.

    I agree.
    And minor sports should be broadcasted more, if the Olympics was really a “pure” sports event.