Chosen as the Weightlifting venue for the 2020 Olympics, the International Forum is right next door to Tokyo Station.

Designed as a multi-purpose exhibition center in central Tokyo, the forum has hosted a wide range of events from an Ariande Grande tour to the World Congress of Architects.

Tokyo International Forum
Photo by Tokyo 2020

The building was designed by Rafael Viñoly and completed in 1996 with a shape reminiscent of an elegant boat made of glass and steel. From the first floor, views of the Imperial Palace are combined with a bronze sculpture of Ota Dokan—a samurai warrior-poet turned Buddhist Monk.

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