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Postcards from the Road — 021 — May 2019
 
Dear Friends and Family around the Globe,

I just pressed submit on my 2020 Olympic ticket request and wanted to use this newsletter as a timely reminder that you have until May 28th (in Japan) and May 31st (internationally) to enter into the Olympic ticket lottery!

The first step in the process is creating an account on your local ticket reseller's website. The Tokyo 2020 homepage does a good job of listing out partners.

If you are applying from America then you should make an account on CoSport. From there you’ll get a log-in and password and will be able to request tickets to purchase.

On the site, you can search for events by sport, date, if it is a medaling session, etc. In total, you can request 30 tickets. It’s amazing how quickly you reach 30 tickets -- I submitted for nine different events including the Opening Ceremony, football, basketball, athletics, judo, swimming, gymnastics, fencing, and baseball. We’ll see how many I actually get selected for. 

Ticket prices vary by the seat. Tickets for the Opening Ceremony can range from 300,000 JPY to 15,000 JPY. When I went to the 2012 Olympics in London I purchased event tickets from a 2nd market platform. The price was about two times face value.  Of course, it was worth every penny, because I could never place a monetary value on seeing my childhood hero win a gold medal!! But still, if you think you may come, best to submit your request now and not have to pay outrageous prices later! You can always decline the ticket if you choose not to come.

After the lottery closes on the 31st, you’ll have to wait till June 20th to find out what tickets you received. And you’ll have until June 26th to pay for whichever of those you’d like to purchase. 

I’m so looking forward to the Games and I know the country is too. There are Olympic logos on display all over the city. And they are working on tourism infrastructure to make it easy for guests to navigate -- you see a lot more multi-lingual signs around the subway, and also in restaurants and bars.
I'll be planning special excursions outside of the city for guests before and after the games. Hoping to see some of you in Japan next year!! 
All my best,

Elizabeth Mueller
Founder
Be Here Asia
Email sent lovingly from Tokyo, Japan.

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