Oh Tokyo! – Olympics 2020 Song


The Tokyo Olympic Games will take place between 24 July – 9 August 2020, while the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be held between 25 August – 6 September 2020.

This additional song ‘Oh Tokyo’ encompasses Japanese music and makes it accessible to all.

The song is the latest addition to our full performance songbook, Olympics, which now includes twelve songs and additional narration. The full book is available here.

Alan Simmons on Oh, Tokyo!..

For Tokyo 2020 we have tried to use some Japanese instruments. We don’t have the real thing but the computer-generated sounds are quite good, so you will hear the opening phrase played on a Shamisen and a Koto, accompanied by Taiko and Surdo drums. It’s very different from the rest of the ‘Olympics’ collection but it’s great fun to test your Japanese style! As more instruments are introduced the song, even though its short, builds up to a final climax.

The song can be sung in the western tradition whilst the accompaniment will add the Japanese flavour. Many of you will remember the drummers playing for each match in the rugby world cup. We’ve tried to include those sounds in the song.

It’s in unison, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to learn once you have come to terms with words like “Okonomiyaki”!

How does The Song Library work?

  1. Add songs to the basket and complete the order process.
  2. You will receive an email to confirm your order with a link to your files.
  3. Download the files and use them within your school.