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.
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)
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|