When Tokyo announced that they would not allow fans during the Olympics, one man was completely heartbroken. Kazunori Takishima, had already spent more than $40,000 on 197 tickets for him and his friends. “I cry every time I look at the tickets,” he said. Takishima, who works as a real estate businessman, has been traveling the world to support Japan at every Olympic game for the past 15 years.

His love for the Olympics began in 2005 when he saw Shizuka Arakawa, a Japanese figure skater, win a gold medal. “When I see the athletes’ tears of happiness when winning or their tears of disappointment at losing, it makes me want to work harder,” he shared. Takishima also wanted to break the Guinness World Record for attendance at Olympic events. But that dream would have to wait. “While I can still move, I plan to see all the games from the opening to the closing (ceremonies). I can hopefully beat the record.” he said.

At the end of the day, the safety of everyone is still the most important thing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Takishima, along with thousands of fans can still support their favorite athletes at the comfort of their own houses. The next Olympic games (2024) will be held in Paris, France.