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Japanese Prime Minister Dresses Up as Nintendo’s Super Mario for Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony (Video)

by: Esteban On  Monday, August 22, 2016
Closing Ceremony 2016 Olympic Games - Olympics: Day 16

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If you didn’t watch the Closing Ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics on Sunday night, all you missed was a major world leader dressing up as Super Mario and popping out of a giant green pipe in the middle of Rio’s Maracanã Stadium.

As you may know, the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo. In accordance with tradition, toward the end of the Closing Ceremony for the 2016 Summer Games on Sunday night, the focus shifted from celebrating the people and culture of Brazil to the ceremonial handing off of Olympic hosting duties to the people of Japan.

What did this handing off entail? Well, first it entailed lowering the Olympic flag in Rio and presenting it to Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo.

The handing off also entailed an appearance from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. And let me tell you, this guy knows how to make an entrance.

Take a look:

That’s right. The political leader of one of the most important countries on earth dressed up as the world’s most famous video game character.

The Olympics make people do crazy things.

Hat Tip – [The Score]



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