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The Most Stunning Photos From The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games kicked off in a riot of color.

The Tokyo Olympics may be muted because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that didn’t stop Friday’s opening ceremony from being a riot of color.

Stunning fireworks, intimate dance performances and even a treadmill set the scene for the next two weeks of sporting endeavors ― even though spectators were largely banned from the National Stadium.

See some of the most iconic images here:

Fireworks illuminate over the National Stadium during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony.
Fireworks illuminate over the National Stadium during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony.
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An overview shows a performer walking on a treadmill during the opening ceremony.
An overview shows a performer walking on a treadmill during the opening ceremony.
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Team Ireland flag bearers Kellie Harrington and Brendan Irvine carry the Irish tricolor.
Team Ireland flag bearers Kellie Harrington and Brendan Irvine carry the Irish tricolor.
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Team Cameroon enters the arena.
Team Cameroon enters the arena.
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Fireworks explode over the arena.
Fireworks explode over the arena.
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Performers dance in front of giant golden Olympic Rings.
Performers dance in front of giant golden Olympic Rings.
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Fireworks light up the night sky.
Fireworks light up the night sky.
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Paper lanterns light up during the show.
Paper lanterns light up during the show.
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Members of Team China enter the stadium.
Members of Team China enter the stadium.
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Team USA flagbearers Sue Bird and Eddy Alvares.
Team USA flagbearers Sue Bird and Eddy Alvares.
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Team Turkey flag bearers Merve Tuncel and Berke Saka.
Team Turkey flag bearers Merve Tuncel and Berke Saka.
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The Olympic and Japanese flags sway in the wind.
The Olympic and Japanese flags sway in the wind.
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Team Japan's Naomi Osaka carries the Olympic torch.
Team Japan's Naomi Osaka carries the Olympic torch.
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Naomi Osaka of Team Japan lights the Olympic cauldron.
Naomi Osaka of Team Japan lights the Olympic cauldron.
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The Olympic Cauldron is lit.
The Olympic Cauldron is lit.
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The Olympic Flame burns.
The Olympic Flame burns.
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Fireworks light up the sky over the Olympic Stadium.
Fireworks light up the sky over the Olympic Stadium.
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