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Monday, July 26, 2021


Team member of Malaysia walks during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photos/Petr David Josek) 
Olympics opening ceremonies generally focus on going big. They love to use grandeur and pomp and big visuals — fireworks, acrobatics, athletes marching en masse, choreography that’s most impactful from a distance or on TV. 

But when the athletes paraded in Friday night at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, Associated Press photojournalist Petr David Josek decided to look at it a bit differently this time around. 

What emerged was a delightful sea of detail — a mosaic of cultures and fashions and traditions. CLICK HERE for more creative Olympics fashion coverage by Associated Press. 

Stylin’ boots worn by a member of the Olympic team from Bhutan. 

Detailed lime-green embroidery on a shirt from Cameroon 


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