Many Japanese long for Tokyo Olympics

Many Japanese long for Tokyo Olympics
Norio Fujisaki mends a blazer, which he has kept as a momento of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

JAPAN - "I hadn't dreamed of the possibility that I may see them again in my lifetime. The [1964] Tokyo Olympics were a special time that I still dream about," said Norio Fujisaki, 84, a tailor in Yokohama, who spoke while sewing a red blazer.

As a skilled tailor, Fujisaki was tasked by the Japanese Olympic Committee with making the official blazers for Japan's 36 male and female volleyball players for the 1964 Tokyo Games.

The JOC allowed Fujisaki to make a blazer for himself, which he stores with great care.

The blazer is lined with silk and the Olympic rings on the breast pocket are made of copper wire.

On Oct. 10, 1964, when the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony was held, Fujisaki could not hold back his tears when he watched the Japanese atheletes enter the stadium in the blazers.

When he was just 7 years old, Fujisaki left Iwate Prefecture and began work as an apprentice. Since then, he has lived on his skill.

He said, "I was proud and felt as if I was being applauded by the people of the world the same way as Japan was applauded."

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