Tuesday, 24 July 2018 was the 2-year countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

TOKYO – Famous landmarks across Japan were illuminated simultaneously yesterday to mark two years to go until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Tokyo Tower and the Yoyogi Building shone in the Japanese capital, while other buildings stretching from the Goryokaku Tower in the northern Hokkaido region to Fukuoka Tower in the south were also lit-up in the colours of the Olympics rings.

Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, was also illuminated following a countdown event held halfway up the 634-metre structure. At the ceremony, commemorative lanterns were lit by school children, athletes and dignitaries, including Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori and governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike.

“We want to send a message to the world that Tokyo is a host city. Also, the success of the Tokyo Games depends on reconstruction (in Fukushima),” said Koike.

Eric Garcetti, the mayor of 2028 host city Los Angeles, was also in attendance as a guest of Koike.

“We share a common geography of the Pacific and we share a common dream of the future between Los Angeles and Tokyo,” Garcetti said. The Tokyo Games will start on July 24, 2020 and run until August 9.