The Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony on Friday (July 23) was one surreal and solemn affair. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony unfolded in a largely empty rebuilt National Stadium (less than 1,000 spectators in the 68,000-seat venue). But that didn’t stop the host country — which last held the Games in 1964 — from putting on one spectacular show. Highlights include a jaw-dropping light show using 1,800 drones, and a quirky human pictogram performance.
Here are the other moments which had viewers talking about via memes. You can catch the Opening Ceremony and the rest of the action from the Tokyo Olympics on meWATCH and Mediacorp Entertainment YouTube channel.
1/41/4Run all night: Japanese boxer Arisa Tsubata going at it on the treadmill.
2/42/4Light of hope: Naomi Osaka was the final Tokyo Olympics torchbearer.
3/43/4Parade of Nations: Team Japan were among the 205 contingents at the opening ceremony.
4/44/4Bring it on: Tonga's taekwondo athlete Pita Taufatofua was all luped up.