We arrived at Unicon XII during the opening party.
The following morning, this is what I saw outside the building where breakfasts were served. Apparently Mr. Wakae had a problem with his key very, very late the previous night. He says he slept there!
Americans watch the opening ceremonies.
A speech by the JUAs new president.
Zack Baldwin, from Orangevale, CA, sporting his new mohawk. Apparently this was a great way to get lots of attention from Japanese riders, even if nobody had seen him ride yet!
More cool hair from Switzerland.
IUF founder Jack Halpern makes a speech to the greatest number of countries ever assembled for a Unicon.
Lined up by country.
That big mass on the right is the Japan team!
This small stadium is part of the Yoyogi sports complex, and was built for the 1964 Olympic games. It was a perfect size for us, except it lacked a practice area. Excellent seating, sound system, and air conditioning!
One team's unicycles wait for their time to perform.
Switzerland, UK, USA, and part of Japan.
Team Israel, the first actual group of unicyclists to travel from Israel to a Unicon. Jack Halpern has always represented his home country, but he lives in Japan.
Team pink waits to go on.
F.U.N., the Filipino Unicycle Network.
The mop brigade. They were always ready, and kept the dust off the floor in good formation.
Warming up for Group Freestyle.
Waiting to perform.