Uh, Japan's Prime Minister cosplayed as Mario for the Olympics


Wait, what?

No, this is not an article from The Onion. Apparently, it really happened, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did, in fact, emerge from a giant green pipe at the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympic Games, dressed up as Nintendo's own plucky plumber Mario. After shedding the costume and raising glowing red ball, Japan's head of state was surrounded by projected images of anime and manga characters like Captain Tsubasa, Hello Kitty, and Doraemon.

Every Olympic closing ceremony includes a "handoff" bit where a representative for the next games' host nation makes an appearance to receive the Olympic flag (Tokyo is scheduled for 2020), but few expected Abe, by most accounts a fairly dour, conservative sort of public figure, to pull this kind of stunt as a promotion of Japan's cultural cachet. It's cute!

Unfortunately, many of the videos showing the bit are region-locked. If you live in the US or UK, try this link. There's also a key gif courtesy of Twitter user @rxbun below.

[Header image credit courtesy of Reuters]

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