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Japan PM Shinzo Abe came dressed as Mario at Rio closing ceremony, and tweeple loved it!

Japan PM Shinzo Abe stole the show at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony with a cracker of an entrance.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 22, 2016 12:43:28 pm
rio olympics, shinzo abe, shinzo abe mario, rio olympics closing ceremony, tokyo olympics, tokyo olympics 2020, It wasn’t a drill. Japan PM Shinzo Abe actually came dressed as Mario at the 2016 Olympics closing ceremony. (Source: Reuters)

The spectacular closing ceremony of the 2016 edition of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a riot of colours and excitement at the iconic Maracana. No one let the rain dampen their spirits, as players could finally let their hair down and have some fun. Plus, it’s Brazil… of course, there was a colourful Carnival parade. But the one thing that dominated the whole ceremony was the absolutely cool and fantastic entrance of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Towards the end of the ceremony, as is the custom, the governor of Tokyo – the destination for the next 2020 Olympic Games – was handed over the Olympic flag, marking the end of the 2016 games. This was followed by a cultural showcase from Japan – a kind of a teaser of what to expect in the next edition of the Olympics.

The fast-paced showcase included athletes in action against a backdrop of Tokyo and several scenes from popular Manga cartoons such as Doraemon and the popular video game Pac-Man. But it was Abe’s show-stopping entrance that led to the loudest cheers. A video showed Abe on the streets of Tokyo in a car, fretting that he’ll be late to Rio. Guess who appears to the rescue? Mario from the ever-popular Nintendo game. Abe transforms into Mario, and drops into a massive green pipe right in the middle of a Tokyo street, only to appear bang in the centre of the stadium in Rio. A doff of the characteristic red cap, and lo and behold, you have Shinzo Abe, the Japanese PM who has certainly earned himself a cool badge for pulling this off.


This entrance, of course, won over the Internet, and Twitterverse was abuzz with praise and shock. While many initially didn’t believe what happened, a series of video clips soon set the record straight. Sample these.


Someone had a suggestion for Donald Trump too!


Some, though, had suggestions for another kind of costume.


Well, going by this fantastically futuristic display by Tokyo, we can’t wait to see what’s in store in 2020.

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