Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you.
The Aussie softball team jetted into Japan earlier this week ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. They were the first international team to arrive and have set up in Ota City. Other Australian teams will follow in due course, and like the softball team, they will train in Covid-safe training bubbles. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) reckons the Games can be held safely despite the pandemic surging in Japan. The final say as to whether the Games go ahead rests with the IOC (see BBC article for discussion of the contractual arrangements). Apparently, the number of infections in Japan is lower than in other parts of the world. So, no probs. Let’s hope so.
For those who don’t know, the IOC has designated Brisbane (the state capital of Queensland, Australia) as the preferred candidate city for the 2032 summer games. There has been speculation that the IOC may announce the 2032 winning bid this July in Tokyo. The Queensland Premier has been readying herself to make a trip to Japan. She will be travelling without the PM though as he ruled out going to the games this week. That’s probably politically astute. Aussies under the doona will be breathing a sigh of relief that we aren’t hosting the games this year. Key to Australia’s success at suppressing Covid here has been stopping cases at our borders. Imagine having to explain to the Australian people why an international corporation should have the final say over our country’s border policy. Of course, we will all be out from under the doona and living with Covid by 2032. What could possibly go wrong?
Anyway, back to Japan. I am sure the Japanese people will be both excited and nervous about hosting the Games. I do wish them a safe and trouble-free event. In recognition of their sporting spirit and commitment, I’ve chosen this lovely traditional tune, Sakura, for my Friday song day. It is performed by Kasumi Watanabe, playing the koto. I hope you enjoy it.