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Olympic Synchronised Swimming Women’s Duet Final @ Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park


My first time at Olympic Park in Stratford City! I bought a ticket for synchronised swimming women’s duet final for £120, just to see the Olympic Park during the Games.


Observation tower, Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond of engineering Group Arup.

シンクロ会場のAquatics Centre(アクアティクス・センター)。世界的女性建築家、ザハ・ハディッドがデザイン。

Aquatics Centre hosted synchronised swimming, designed by world-renown female architect Zaha Hadid.


Twelve pairs who went through to the final. The audience seats was very steep and bit scary to look up – thank god my seat was on a lower row. I was a bit disappointed by the position which is quite angular despite of its most expensive A class price (only this class was available).


Japanese pair who performed last. Russia got gold, Spain earned silver, and China received bronze, and unfortunately Japan resulted in 5th, the same position at the qualifying round. →full result


Eating & drinking area, overlooking Olympic Stadium.


The world’s largest McDonald’s with 1,500 seats next to the Olympic Stadium (related article).

水球専用のWater Polo Arena(ウォーター・ポロ・アリーナ)。

Water Polo Arena, the first dedicated water-polo venue.


Velopark cycling centre. Cycling is British speciality together with rowing, and Team GB won total of 9 medals (7 Gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) in this venue.

会場出入口のStratford Gate(ストラトフォード・ゲート)から見える、アクアティクス・センターの裏側。五輪のロゴが掲げられている。

The back of the Aquatics Centre wit Olympic logo, from the Stratford Gate.


Olympic Women’s Football Semi Final & Final @ Wembley Stadium



London Olympic is over. Last night’s closing ceremony was nothing much to do with sports but more like Diamond Jubilee Concert, but British seem to have fascinated to watch generations of big names singing old classics to latest hits, though we got a bit bored listening to the music I’d never heard and in fact those musics were not my cup of tea. Also I didn’t understand “Monty Python” part as I’ve never seen it, and I believe I am not the only one in the world.

I was into following the olympic games everyday on TV, web and Olympic apps, and now I feel empty. I am just an audience, but I completely understand some Olympic athletes experience burn-out syndrome after the Games.



This is retrospective story, but I want to share my experience in women’s football semi-final and final at London’s Wembley Stadium, after the quarter final in Cardiff. I bought those tickets before knowing who would play, hoping that Japanese team (aka Nadeshiko Japan) would go through. Since the historic victory against USA at last year’s Women’s World Cup, Nadeshiko Japan had been burdened with so much expectation and pressure from Japanese people (like Jessica Ennis for British), and they met their expectation. My tickets were not wasted after all – I paid £60 for semi-final and £125 for final for both A class tickets, and it was well worth it!


The semi-final was Japan vs France at the Europe’s second biggest Wembley Stadium with massive 90,000 capacity. People after people were coming toward the stadium from nearby Wembley Park station.


There were separate search lanes for men and women. Normally majority of the football audience is men, but this time there were more women than men. I took about 15 minutes to go through the gate.


The time for national anthems of both countries before the game. Big chunk of seats were unoccupied, probably because the game started at 5pm and not many 9-5 working people couldn’t attend. You can see a banner “Tokyo 2020“, hold up by Japanese Olympic Committee gangs?


Level 1 seating area during the half-time. There were queues everywhere at food & drink sections as well as toilets (especially for women).


Attendance of the match was 62,482. Wow!


Nadeshiko Japan won 2-1, despite of fierce attack by France on the second half. Well done, girls!


The final started at 19:45 and there were much more people coming than the semi final.


Americans, wrapped themselves with Stars and Stripes, were all pumped up and cheering everywhere, while Japanese supporters were quieter and less visible…

準決勝時と比べ、高級感漂うClub Wembleyレベル2。シャンパン・バーや座席サービスのレストランも。観覧席もクッション付きで、座り心地もベター。

In compared to Level 1 at the semi-final, Club Wembley level 2 area was more upscale, with a table service restaurant and a champaign bar. The padded seat here was more comfortable than Level 1 seat.

観客がパネルを掲げて「London 2012」を表示。昨年W杯来の日米因縁の対決とあって、女子サッカーとしては過去最高の観客数8万203人を記録。私の日本人の知り合いの80%(主観ですが)が来場、総数5万人と言われる在英日本人が勢揃いしたかと思うほど、多くの日本人が観戦した。

Audience put up the panels to show “London 2012”. The attendance of the match was massive 80,203, the record highest as a women’s football match. About 80% of my Japanese friends got the tickets, and there were so many Japanese in the stadium as if all 50,000 Japanese who live in UK came to the stadium.



Nadeshiko Japan lost 2-1, despite of their continuous attacks during the game. As a Japanese supporter, I was quite upset that the German referee didn’t give a penalty to USA for the handball in the penalty area made by Tobin Heath, although it might haven’t affected the result. In fact, replays showed a clear handball, and even Carli Lloyd admitted  in post-match interviews that the USA were very lucky to go unpenalized. There was also another controversy about what happened during the semi-final, favouring to US against Canada. Lucky you, Americans! (see details on Wikipedia) But Japanese players were wiser just accept the referee’s judgement, in compare to Canadians who raised their doubts against referee, which risk them a disciplinary action by FIFA. And at the end, the result won’t change anyway. But I feel very sorry for Canadians.

There was big booing against unpopular president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter who attended the medal ceremony. At the end of the day, everything is FIFA’s fault refusing to introduce technological assistance such as  goal-line technology or video replays to avoid misjudgement, for some strange reasons.


After lots of tears, the girls showed us great smiles at the medal ceremony. Although they lost, the game was neck and neck or they played even better, for my eyes. Great teamwork and determination. Small Japanese players who played with big Americans gave all Japanese the courage and power. Thank you for such a wonderful Olympic experience to us!!


。。。とここまでは良かったけれど、準決勝も決勝も、試合の後が悪夢。何万人と言う人波が最寄りのWembley Park(ウェンブリー・パーク)駅に押し寄せ、身動きできない。しかも準決勝の日は、信号機の異常かなんかで(よくあることだが)メトロポリタン線に遅れが出た。駅への沿道はフェンスでブロックされているので、列を抜け出すことも出来ない。決勝戦の後、通常45分ほどの道程を、2時間かけて夜1時にやっと家に帰り着いた。楽しかったけれど、疲れた。。。

But this is not the end of the story – coming back home was a true nightmare for both days. Tens of thousands of people rushing to the station stuck and couldn’t move for a while. Metropolitan line had problem of signal failure after the semi final, which often happens here in London. The path to the station was blocked on the sides and couldn’t escape once you went inside. It took two hours to go back home after the final which normally takes only 45-minutes, and it was 1 am when I finally reached home. The game was exciting, but it was exhausting as well…

My First Olympic Experience: Judo @ ExCel



This is my first Olympic experience ever! I went to see Men’s -100kg and Women’s -78kg Judo competition (repechage & bronze and final) at ExCel. I bought the ticket, expecting that at least one Japanese athlete would go to the stage, but both lost at round 16… I am completely demoralized and didn’t want to go the games at all, but I didn’t want to waste my ticket and thought it would be interesting to see different Olympic venues.

There was full of excitement inside of the arena, with supporters from different countries. Especially large noise came from British with silver medalist Gemma Gibbons and Dutch in patriotic orange uniforms with two contestants. In addition, the music played in between the games was so loud, and I regretted that I didn’t bring ear plugs. The plastic chair was uncomfortable with little leg room. The special guest of the day was Russian President Putin who also practices Judo, accompanied by Prime Minister Cameron and Foreign Secretary Hague. Putin looked very proud that Russian won the gold medal. I couldn’t get very excited as no Japanese athletes competing, but it was fun anyway.

女子決勝:ギボンズ選手(イギリス)対ハリソン選手(アメリカ)/ Women’s final, Gemma Gibbons (UK) vs Kayla Harrison (USA)

女子78kg級表彰式 / Medal ceremony of Women’s -78kg

プーチン大統領とロシア人金メダリスト、カイブラエフ選手 / President Putin and the gold medalist Tagir Khaibulaev

男子100kg級メダリストたち / Men’s -100g medalists