Tokyo Olympics Google Doodle

via Google & STUDIO4℃

Anyone who uses Google has come across their Google Doodles and to commemorate the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, they’ve made their largest interactive doodle and it’s simply amazing. Created with the help of STUDIO4℃ (“Children of the Sea“) and with music by Qumu, a classic 16-bit JRPG game was created that’s filled with bosses to beat (featuring 7 games from the olympics) and many side quests to explore the Doodle Champion Island. The hero ([c]athlete) of the game is a calico cat (mikeneko) named Lucky and as she explores the island we see that there are a few Uchinaa based characters like the kijimunaa (one of the game’s bosses) and shiisaa. On the Kijimuna boss’s (marathon) land you’ll find gajumaru, other kijimunaa and Luchu inspired houses.

Gajumaru (banyan tree), Adan trees, Kurotsugu (dwarf sugar palm), and we’re going to call the other tree our favorite Yaeyama Kuruchi (ebony)
Luchu inspired houses

It would’ve been interesting if Qumu (the game music composer) incorporated Uchinaa instruments/music into the Kijimuna land’s theme but maybe leaving it out was for the best? Another miss is not choosing karate (its origins is in Luchu) as the sport. It’ll take a while to complete the game so if you’re signed into your Google account it should automatically save your progress.

Google Doodles on YouTube

Check out @ainupride’s Twitter thread for a character based on the Kotan-kor-kamuy and the lack of mentioning that it’s from the Ainu mythology.