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Coronavirus has once and for all nixed spectator attendance at the 東京五輪 (Tōkyō Gorin, Tokyo Olympics), including the 開会式 (kaikaishiki, opening ceremony), save for a few 偉い人 (erai hito, bigwigs).

As much of a downer as the run-up to the オリンピックの開幕 (Orinpikku no kaimaku, start of the Olympics) has been, the simple concept of beginning can open up a treasure trove of useful Japanese.

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