In a real power up move, Tokyo's 2020 Olympics team stole the thunder from the Rio Olympics closing ceremony by unveiling a promotional film that showed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveling from Tokyo to Rio as Super Mario, through a pipe—and then appearing at the Maracana Stadium in a Super Mario costume and cap.

The film also featured cameos from Hello Kitty, Captain Tsubasa and Doraemon.

The NY Times reports, "Everyone knew that Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, was headed to Rio to represent the country that will host the 2020 Summer Olympics. But viewers who tuned into the broadcast of Rio’s closing ceremony on Monday morning Japan time were surprised to see their normally sober leader pop out of an oversize green drainpipe dressed as Super Mario, the star of the popular Nintendo video game series."

Apparently the Tokyo Olympics team asked Nintendo for permission to use Mario. By the way, USA Today's story about Abe's appearance includes this awesome correction: "This story has been corrected to show that Abe was not the originator of the Super Mario idea." (Super Mario's creator is Shigeru Miyamoto, and the New Yorker published a fascinating profile of him in 2010.)

Anyway, the happy, made-for-meme-ing moment is a welcome PR boost for the Tokyo Olympics—it's been pretty rocky so far, as the Guardian points out:

Japan’s capital has promised to host the most environmentally friendly, technologically advanced Olympics ever, but at huge, and growing, costs.

The government has already been forced to cut its budget after complaints over the high cost of the late Zahir Hadid’s doomed original design for the main stadium. Then came the debacle over the 2020 logo, which was scrapped and replaced amid allegations of plagiarism. Arguably the darkest cloud hanging over Tokyo’s preparations is a French police investigation, revealed in the Guardian in May, into a seven-figure payment - made during Japan’s successful race to host the 2020 Games - from the Tokyo Olympic bid team to an account linked to the son of the disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack.

The Tokyo Olympics will be held Friday, July 24, 2020, through Sunday, August 9, 2020. See you in four years.