MOCCO, Olympic puppet, arrives in Tokyo from Tohoku

Olympic puppet, MOCCO, from Japan tsunami-hit region reaches Tokyo ahead of the games

Rediscover Tohoku

With just six days to go until the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the organising committee held a cultural event "Rediscover Tohoku - MOCCO's Journey from Tohoku to Tokyo" at a park.

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Centerpiece

The massive animated installation is the centerpiece of the Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival, which is an official cultural program of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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'MOCCO'

A performer gestures after a performance of a 10-metre high (33 ft.) giant puppet named 'MOCCO', brought down from the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan which was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, at a media event as part of the Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival in Tokyo.

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From Tohoku to Tokyo

The tour started in Japan's Tohoku region, which suffered significant damage during the Great East Japan earthquake.

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