First of all, I would like to apologize to you that I couldn’t write about this topic on last week’s post as I promised you 2 weeks ago. I made some excuse and I wrote about 420 Vancouver on my last post but actually, I couldn’t write it because I didn’t hit upon a good idea about letting all my friends stay for free in Tokyo during the 2020 Tokyo, even if I don’t have enough money. This week also I don’t have a good idea and I have something I have to do, same as last week, but it is no use putting off to write about this topic and I suppose I’ll try to hit on a good idea and want to write it.
So, How can I let you stay for free in Tokyo during the Tokyo 2020?
Before writing my idea
Before I write an idea, I would like to apologize to you again because I put the Olympics emblem of Tokyo 2020 which I put 2 weeks ago on my post but I didn’t know that it was not the official emblem.
Actually, the problem of the official emblem of the Tokyo 2020 emblem started from the last year. the first logo was unveiled on 24 July 2015 and resembled a stylized “T”; a red circle in the top-right corner represented a beating heart, the flag of Japan, and an “inclusive world in which everyone accepts each other”, and a black column in the center represented diversity.
But shortly after the unveiling, Belgian graphics designer Olivier Debie accused the organizing committee of plagiarizing a logo he had designed for the Théâtre de Liège, which aside from the circle, consisted of nearly identical shapes. Tokyo’s organizing committee denied that the emblem design was plagiarized, arguing that the design had gone through “long, extensive and international” intellectual property examinations before it was cleared for use. Debie filed a lawsuit against the IOC to prevent the use of the infringing logo.
On 24 November 2015, an Emblems Selection Committee was established to organize an open call for design proposals, open to Japanese residents over the age of 18, with a deadline set for 7 December 2015. The designer of the emblems selected was to receive ¥1 million (US$9400) and tickets to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. On 8 April 2016, a new shortlist of four pairs of designs from 14599 pairs of designs for the Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled by the Emblems Selection Committee.
The new official emblems for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled on 25 April 2016; designed by Asao Tokolo, it takes the form of a ring decorated with an indigo-coloured checkerboard pattern. The design is meant to “express a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan”- refer to Wikipedia
So, There are also arguments both for and against those emblems and I really prefer the previous emblems which I put in my last post than those emblems from now, but finally, I can start to write about my idea because I don’t have things to apologize for now.
Case 3 helping your couch-surfing
At first, I want you to understand that those ideas which I’ll mention in the following, are last resorts and I’ll do my best as I mentioned in my last post until 2020 to not adopt those ideas. Well, my first idea of letting you stay for free in Tokyo during Tokyo 2020 without enough money is helping your couch-surfing during Tokyo 2020.
Couch-surfing is a website that helps you look for somebody’s couch to stay in some city where you will travel. There is a typical site called “couchsurfing” by Couchsurfing International Inc. is a hospitality exchange and social networking website and the website provides a platform for members to “surf” on couches by staying as a guest at a host’s home, host travelers, or join an event. It means the “Couchsurfing” is the site of connecting between the traveler who wants to place to stay and host who have an enough space which can stay for the traveler.
Easily to say, my first idea of letting you stay without enough money is I’ll connect you and my Japanese friends who have enough space where you can stay. Fortunately, I have a bar called Bar Ghetto in Tokyo like I mentioned before and we have a lot of kindly customers. So, This idea is one of the last resort and if I’ll choose it, I suppose I’ll humbly ask them for your stay in their house.
At first, I will make a list of who wants to stay in Tokyo during Tokyo 2020, Then I’ll post it on the wall of the Bar Ghetto and If somebody can give you some space to stay, I can make it meet you and my friends. Furthermore, if somebody lets you stay in their house, Of course, I will discount them money for drinking in Bar Ghetto during the time they let you stay in their house.
So, when you arrive in Tokyo during Tokyo 2020, you should come to Bar Ghetto at first, then I will let you meet my friends and propose our cheers together and ask them to let you stay again.
Yes, It doesn’t sound easy, but don’t worry because we really have customers who have good vibes and I really trust that they can do it. Also, of course, I will try to get a big place to stay for myself and I can distribute it to you guys for free.
The establishment of the Olympic village of Ghetto
My second idea of letting you stay for free in Tokyo during Tokyo 2020 without enough money is to establish an Olympic village of ghetto somewhere in Tokyo during Tokyo 2020. Yes, It is also a last resort and it is in case I don’t have enough money until 2020 and I also don’t have friends who have space you can stay at that time. Honestly speaking, It is just an idea in which I can secure some place outside and establish the Olympic village with tents, seats, benches or etc.. Easily to say, Let’s sleep outside together.
I think that Tokyo is one of the safest city in the world. There are a lot of convenience stores in Tokyo and you can buy foods, alcohol and everything you need to live by 24 hours/7days. Also, there are a lot of Sento (public bath) or Onsen (hot spring) in Tokyo and you can take a bath every day with around $5. Furthermore, 24 July to 9 August is the date of Tokyo 2020 is summer season in Japan and I think we can sleep outside if we have a place to sleep and a mosquito repellent coil.
At first, I have to ask for a place at the local government, for around 30 persons, so we can stay in a park, a church or a vacant land. After I find some place to stay, I’ll put a lot of tents, seats, benches and make a nice village during Tokyo 2020. Then, Of course, If I really can make a village, I provide it for you for free and you can stay there with a lot of friends who are from all over the world. Furthermore, If we can put BBQ set, we can enjoy BBQ party every day. By the way, behind Bar Ghetto, there is a small church which has an open space and I want to try to ask them first.
Drinking whole 17 days and nights
Finally, This is the last idea which I racked my brain around and I announced it to you for those past three weeks. This idea is in case I don’t have anything in Tokyo until 2020 and I have no choice for your stay in Tokyo. Fortunately, I have Bar Ghetto, even if I can’t have money, a guesthouse, a share house, friends who have space, or a place where you can stay.
So, my final resort is just drinking the whole days and nights in my bar during those 17 days of Tokyo 2020.
Usually, the Bar Ghetto opens from 8:30 pm to the last customer that goes home. Actually, even now, some of the customers fall asleep on the seat of the counter every day and we wait for them to wake up and keep the bar open until they go back home.
But during the Tokyo 2020, we try to open the bar for 24 hours par day somehow so that I can welcome you anytime. Also, we can have some discount for saving your drinking money, and if your country wins a game of Olympic, of course, you can get a free shot of tequila. So, I’m sorry for everyone who read my post until here but easily to say, my last idea is just drinking together every day during the Tokyo 2020. It means that you can drink everything you want with us, you can fall asleep at my bar counter when you get too drank, then you can drink again when you wake up.
See you Tokyo 2020
Thank you for reading this till the end. I suggested 5 different ideas that depend on my situation until 2020. Honestly, all those are absurd ideas and I really understand that It is not easy to let you stay for free during Tokyo 2020. But I swear that I will do my best to make some accommodation until that time, I will invite you to Tokyo and of course, you don’t need to pay for staying. I just want to drink with you and I want to be excited to watch the Olympic game with all my friends from over the world. I’m not sure which idea I will do and if I really can do it or not, but If you come to Tokyo in 2020 and when we really meet again, please drink with us. Then If I can repay your favor which you gave me in your country, I would be very happy.
Thank you for all my friends.
see you in Tokyo.