Yuka Imura / Marubeni Brasil S.A.
* In this column, Marubeni Group staff provide a glimpse of the cities in which they are living and working.
Olá! (Hello!) This time we introduce the site of the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America, Rio de Janeiro.
When they decided to hold the Olympics in Rio, with the unsettled economic and political situation, people wondered “Can they really host the Olympics there?” In fact, every day the news was filled with reports about delays in the preparation of the subways and stadiums, and problems with public safety and security.
However, Brazil proved the negative predictions were wrong. Subways and stadiums were ready when the Games opened. The opening ceremony was a huge success, and throughout the Olympics, the large public viewing facilities prepared in the city center (Centro) next to the Olympic City Monument were crowded with residents and tourists.
Brazil rounded off by winning gold medals in men’s soccer and men’s volleyball, and ended the Olympics with a lovely closing ceremony that included a production linking the 2016 Games to the coming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I myself thought this event really highlighted the inner strength of the Brazilian people. I was able to attend the tennis matches of Kei Nishikori, and to participate in a reception for the Japanese medalists and other athletes that was arranged by the Japanese consulate in Rio. It was a once in a lifetime experience.
The Olympic games are over, but Rio is a charming city to visit any time. The iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado, and the ropeway ride to the top of Pão de Açúcar to enjoy the view are worth a trip. You may have noticed the vibrant use of color during the Olympics. I personally recommend a visit to the Selarón Steps, an original work of art created from colorful tiles covering a stairway in the Centro district.
If you like Japanese food, I think you will enjoy dining in Rio. Churrasco grilled meat is becoming well-known outside Brazil, but I recommend the Rio-style sushi and the succulent burgers, shown in the photos. Everyone should visit Rio at least once to experience the warmth of the people, the gorgeous scenery and the delicious food. We are waiting to welcome you.
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