Allow These Tokyo-Based Films to Transport You to the 2020 Games

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The 2020 Tokyo Games are right around the corner!

While thousands of athletes continue training for their respective sporting events, fans are getting themselves amped up for the July 23 Opening Ceremony, which will be attended by First Lady Jill Biden, by becoming acquainted with the sights and sounds of Tokyo. 

From July 23 to August 8, the sporting events will take place across the city, including the Tokyo Bay and Odori Park, where stadiums have been erected and starting lines are being drawn. 

While Tokyo previously welcomed foreign visitors by the millions, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made the sightseeing process more difficult. In early July, the International Olympic Committee stated spectators will not be allowed to attend a majority of the events, citing a potential surge in COVID-19 cases.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, it's relatively easy to be transported abroad, even from the comfort of your couch.

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To see a hand-picked list of movies and one show based in Tokyo, check out the gallery below!

Organising Committee For The Games Of The Xviii Olympiad/Toho Company/Kobal/ShutterstockTokyo Olympiad

Directed by Kon Ichikawa, this film documents the 1964 Summer Olympic Games, which took place after Japan had finished rebuilding Tokyo's damaged infrastructure. It was the first time the world was able to see a post-World War II Japan in all its glory.

Studio Ghibli/Kobal/ShutterstockSpirited Away

Famous director Hayao Miyazaki tells the story of Chihiro and her parents, who are turned into pigs when they encounter a witch in an abandoned amusement park. Chihiro must work to save herself and her parents, meeting an array of characters along the way.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This 2011 documentary film showcases the work of chef Jiro Ono, who was made famous through his Michelin star restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. Sushi lovers beware: This will make you hungry.

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