Starting a year before in 2007, many lead-up events to Beijing 2008 were held in Beijing as enthusiasm grew for the Olympic Games. A good example of Panasonic’s participation was with the “One-Year Countdown Ceremony” held at the Tiananmen Square. At 8 p.m. on August 8th, 2007, exactly one year before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, the show kicked off with approximately 500 fireworks. The gigantic, 580-inch ASTROVISION mirrored the show, electrifying spectators as the fireworks displayed on the screen measuring 8.1 meters high and 12.3 meters wide. Watching the crowd become one, the Team Panasonic members reaffirmed their mission to support the Olympic Games and were able to strengthen their bond as a team unit.