4/20/2008

Olympic Games

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Olympic Games, Olympics, Olympiade

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Explanation

An Olympiad is a period of four years, associated with the Olympic Games of Classical Greece. In the Hellenistic period, beginning with Ephorus, Olympiads were used as a calendar epoch. In this reckoning, the first Olympiad lasted from the summer of 776 BC to that of 772 BC.
An Olympiad started with the games, which were held at the beginning of the Olympic new year, which fell on the full moon closest to the summer solstice.
By extrapolation, the 4th year of the 696th Olympiad begins in summer 2008.
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CLICK for more photosThe Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad are an international multi-sport event, organised by the International Olympic Committee. The Olympics are the most prestigious such event in the world, though they are not the world's most-watched sporting event - the television audience for the single-sport FIFA World Cup is larger. Medals are awarded in each event, with gold medals for first place, silver for second and bronze for third, a tradition which started in 1904.

Organisers for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing expect approximately 10,500 athletes to take part in the 302 events on the programme for the Games.
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The Winter Olympic Games (or Winter Olympics) are a winter multi-sport event held every four years. They feature winter sports held on ice or snow, such as ice skating and skiing.

Fewer nations participate in the Winter Olympics than the Summer Olympics, due largely to the reduced popularity of winter sports in many countries nearer to the equator where access to winter sport training facilities are relatively limited or non-existent.
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Olympic Games, just like this, is not a kigo.
But we have the kigo


Summer Olympics
Winter Olympics


The Summer Olympic games 2008 in Peking. Reference

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Google Japan August 8, 2008


Summer Olympic Mascots 2008 and Daruma san !
Summer Olympic Mascots 2012


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HAIKU


olympic torch relay 2008

Zenko-Ji -
the relay stops
before it starts



NAGANO — 善光寺
CLICK for more information.Zenkoji, the city of Nagano's main temple, declined Friday to serve as the starting point of the Japan leg of the torch relay for the Beijing Olympics, citing safety concerns and the crackdown on Buddhists in Tibet.

Zenkoji Temple's decision will force organizers to alter the route with just eight days to go before the relay, which has been marred by protests in other parts of the world.

"Indiscriminate killings were undertaken in Tibet," Shinsho Wakaomi, a Zenkoji official, told reporters at City Hall. "We were concerned about the crackdown on Buddhists in Tibet who rose up."

Wakaomi said the temple, which played a role in opening the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics by ringing its bell, received more than 100 calls about the torch relay, including protests over its earlier plan to use its premises for the starting ceremony.

The torch run was to start from Zenkoji Temple at 8:30 a.m., covering 18.5 km.

Quote from the Japan Times
Saturday, April 19, 2008
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More about the
. Temple Zenkoo-ji in Nagano and Haiku

Gabi Greve, April 19, 2008

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the Olympic torch-relay ~
stranded
in a road-jam


© Sunil Uniyal, India

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fireworks
of bronze, silver and gold
... Summer Games


Ella Wagemakers, August 8, 2008, Holland
Kigo Hotline

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anguish, tears and joy
court my countenance...
Beijing Olympics

Beijing Olympics...
star athletes shine brighter
than the stars


Read more haiku here
Willie Bongcaron, August 2008, Philippines
Kigo Hotline

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a four lane-road
for the Olympic Games --
here was his restaurant

Angelika Wienert, WHCgerman, August 2008


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Olympics in Nagano 1998

"One Haiku for the Olympics" Program
Greeting the people of the world through Japanese culture

The snow is waiting,
I am waiting for new friends,
Dreaming of the Games!


Yoshiko Yamaura -, Komoro City


Le bouddha en pierre
Avec son chapeau de neige,
Que veut-il me dire ?

Mitsu Kanazawa - Ueda


A peaceful river,
Whispering, shows me the way
To the Olympics.


Michiko Maruya - Omachi City


The sky of Nagano
Is everything I possess,
Jumping on my skis!


Tokusuke Fujii - Nagano City

Read more here
© Host City Nagano / Laurent Mabesoone

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winter olympics . . .
my TV broke down
just in time

We have a lot of hpye about
young "rebel" Kazuhiro Kokubo Kazuhiro,
the snowboarder.


Vancouver Olympics 2010
Details about Kokubo:
Gabi Greve, February 2010


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