Tokyo, you’re up.
With the 2016 Rio Olympics finally at a close, the Olympic flag has been handed over to Tokyo – where the 2020 Olympic Games will take place.
Tokyo’s Yuriko Koike accepted the Olympic flag from International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach after he received the flag from Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.
And how did Tokyo welcome the hand off? With a nod to Super Mario Bros, of course.
Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe arrived at the closing ceremony dressed like the video game plumber, and popped up out of a large, green pipe in the stadium.
[IMAGE “1” “” “std” ]”SHINZO ABE JUST TURNED INTO SUPER MARIO,” one Twitter user wrote. “EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS AMAZING.”
Another tweeter wrote: “I dare anyone to come [up] with an entrance better than this #Tokyo2020 #Siupermario.”
Nearly two dozen performers took to the stadium during Japan’s national anthem. The performers wore illuminated dresses and rode scooter-like devices.
Soon a slew of dancers took to the floor and used large, illuminated objects to resemble the country’s Olympics logo.