By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 23, 2021) – In Issue 2021-141 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the opening of the 2021 Summer Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan

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Let the Games Begin

Today marks the opening ceremony of the XXXII Olympic Games in Tokyo.  It is the second time this city hosted the games, the first being in 1964.

The games have morphed in many ways from the origins in 776 BC, when the warring Greek city states gave temporary peace and let the athletes compete in the name of Zeus.

The games were revived in 1896 with the first modern Olympiad in Athens. 

Much has changed since, of course: the addition of women’s competition (1900, in the second Olympiad), the addition of winter sports (1924), the addition of many “new” sports, like basketball, curling and baseball to name a few.  The games have importantly deviated from their origins in other ways, primarily being more political in the very recent past.

Here is a splendid example of Japanese cartography from 1864 showing the Imperial City of Edo, now known as Tokyo.

Map of Imperial City of Edo (Now Tokyo) – 1864 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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