Thursday 27 February 2014 - FCCJ Special Event
Tour to the National Olympic Stadium and Lunch at Umaya
Images from the event
The 16 participants pose for a group photo before the tour.
A statue in front of the entrance served as our reception desk...
FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen makes welocme remarks.
The tour guide makes an introduction of the tour.
The front gate with memorial boards of all winners at the 1964 games.
Pauli Nevala's name on the board.
Winner of the Javelin throuw at the 1991 World Atlethics Championship Kimmo Kinnunen's name was found on another board.
The Imperial Box.
Marko Saarelainen, winner of the the National Stadium Tour Cup... but this was just for show, no car or 1 mill. USD...
Modest dressing rooms by today's standards for elite athletes.
Showers from another era.
Warm-up area before entering the arena.
The famous ladies stand-up toilet...only showed to us in pictures - bottom right.
Small park with statues and memorial stones.
Center the caldroun for the 1964 Olympics flame.
Quite a climb up to the caldroun.
The caldroun, made in Saitama, is rather modest compared to ones at recent Olympic Games, only 2.1 m high and 2.1 m in diameter.
FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen explains.
A short walk from the stadium to the lunch venue.
The group entering Umaya.
Nice traditional interior.
Ready to enjoy the 'gakuyameshi' lunch.
Not an ordinary salaryman's lunch...
FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen makes closing remarks.
Another group photo at the main entrance of Umaya.