RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 21: Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears during the ‘Love Sport Tokyo 2020’ segment during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images
Shinzō Abe: Japanese Prime Minister Appears in Super Mario Hat During Rio Closing Ceremony
Abe was disguised as the Nintendo character during Sunday’s ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympic Games.
Before Abe’s entrance, video shown inside the Maracana Stadium had depicted “Mario” running through the streets of Tokyo and pulling out a map that highlighted Rio de Janeiro, The Associated Press reported.
The Japanese may have just “Beyoncéd” Rio’s closing ceremony, said viewers.
Shinzo Abe’s epic entrance at the Rio Olympics tonight pretty much couldn’t have been more flawless in kicking off the drumbeat of excitement for Tokyo 2020.
After the International Olympic Committee performed the official handoff from Rio to Tokyo at Sunday’s closing ceremony, Japan’s prime minister surprised everyone by popping up as Super Mario, an homage to Nintendo’s beloved Mario Brothers.
The video game character then hopped into a green warp tube. Inside the stadium, a familiar “level up” sound rang out. Out came Prime Minister Abe, complete with Mario’s familiar red cap and red ball in hand.
“The Japanese government will strive hard so you can participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics so you will be in your best condition, and work hard so it will be the best Olympics ever,” Abe said at Japan House in Rio.
Plenty of viewers took to social media to cheer on the prime minister’s performance, with some even calling it best moment of the night.
Ima let you finish but Shinzo Abe had the best entrance of all time pic.twitter.com/uQsQt5SmLI
— Stuffing Bun (@Rxbun) August 22, 2016
PM Abe appears at Rio closing ceremony dressed as Mario. pic.twitter.com/CK7HjKUk0c
— Nippon.com (@nippon_en) August 22, 2016
THE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE JUST SHOWED UP AT THE OLYMPICS DRESSED AS MARIO, POPPING UP THROUGH A PIPE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) August 22, 2016
I'm not a fan of Shinzo Abe's revisionist politics, but I gotta give him geek props for this. https://t.co/FzDEfyJ4Vo
— TJ Dimacali (@tjdimacali) August 22, 2016