The Opening Ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics featured thousands of world-class athletes getting a break from the physical grind necessary to perfection. Friday night in Tokyo featured them primarily parading through a mostly-empty arena, smiling and waving.

But, at times, there was plenty of athleticism on display. Perhaps the most energetic moment of the ceremonies came from a group of faceless but peppy performers dressed as human pictograms.

In a creative, sometimes beautiful display of all the Games have to offer, the performers scurried around a stage with props, efficiently portraying freeze-framed shots of the 50 Olympic competitions.

The original two-dimensional pictograms, created by Japanese designer Masaaki Hiromura, were first unveiled in March 2019. The project took Hiromura and a team of helpers two years to complete.

The three figures, constantly changing into different blue or white outfits, were impressive in their athletic abilities. Together they hopped into a boat and grabbed paddles to represent rowing, put on tunics and threw each other around for judo, and froze mid-dunk in a basketball display. There was also some top-notch hand puppetry involved.

Late in the ceremonies, the skit provided a few minutes of wordless fun. Outside of one dropped badminton racket, the performance seemed to be a success, with some viewers quickly professing their love for these uniquely gifted humans.

It ended with the three performers coming together to create one of the trickiest images of them all: the triathlon. One hopped on the loose outline of a bike, while the others pretended to run and swim. After this final display of unity and teamwork, our blue-and-white heroes could finally rest.