Japanese Prime Minister dresses as Mario at the Olympics to promote Tokyo

first_imgWe all know the big names and faces of the Olympics right now. Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, and… Mario?Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, made an appearance at the Rio closing ceremony dressed as Nintendo’s famous mascot, seemingly emerging from an iconic green pipe. It’s traditional for a national leader from the next host country (in this case, Japan), to help close out the Olympic games and give people around the world a taste for what’s to come.Abe was welcomed with plenty of cheers, as well as a smattering of famous Japanese icons like Pac Man, Link from the Legend of Zelda series and more.Plenty of people lost it on social media hoping that it was a sign of a ridiculous video-game-and-anime-themed Olympiad in 2020.マリオの中身が安倍晋三だった pic.twitter.com/Piitbx5vI0— junya犬ラブユナイテッド (@junyaganba) August 22, 2016 Ima let you finish but Shinzo Abe had the best entrance of all time pic.twitter.com/uQsQt5SmLI— Olympic Bun (@Rxbun) August 22, 2016Given the importance of touchstones like Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda to both the Japanese economy and the nation’s image around the world, I’m betting that the 2020 Olympics will be a great time for geeks the world over. At the same time, it’s already offering up an opportunity for some amusing tweets:I can’t believe the Prime Minister of Japan leaked the design of the Nintendo NX at the Olympic Closing Ceremony pic.twitter.com/Ug7lyvfBo5— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) August 22, 2016 THE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE JUST SHOWED UP AT THE OLYMPICS DRESSED AS MARIO, POPPING UP THROUGH A PIPE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.— Mark:Di-Stefano (@MarkDiStef) August 22, 2016last_img

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