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Tokyo 2020 unveils Olympic Torch, Torch Relay emblem and official ambassadors

Date : 20 Mar 2019

Tokyo, Japan, March 20, 2019: Tokyo 2020 has unveiled the design of the torch that will be used during the Torch Relay for the next Olympic Games and the emblem that will be used to denote the Relay.

The Torch and its emblem will feature strongly in the build-up to the Games across the whole of Japan - and their unveiling on Wednesday comes exactly one year before the flame is due to arrive from Greece at Matsushima Airbase in Miyagi prefecture.

Characteristics of the Olympic Torch

The torch bears the motif of a cherry blossom, Japan's most familiar and best-loved flower. With the arrival of the cherry blossom season in March 2020, the Olympic Torch will be integrated with the “Hope Lights Our Way“ concept of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay and will commence its journey across Japan.

Uniting tradition and modern technology, the shape of the torch resembles that of a Japanese traditional “Sakura-mon” cherry blossom emblem.

The manufacture of the torch embodies a passion for recovery and consideration for sustainability. Aluminium construction waste from temporary housing built in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake was used to create it, transforming materials that witnessed the rebuilding of shattered lives into a symbol of peace.

The torch is also designed to depict the shape of a flame. The five flames generated from the petal unite at the centre of the torch, lighting the way with greater brilliance.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Emblem

The emblem incorporates three rectangular shapes arranged to depict the dynamic flames of a torch. In addition, a “ukiyo-e“ woodblock printing technique known as “fukibokashi“ has been used to produce graduated tones across two colours.

Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Ambassadors

*Tadahiro Nomura, three-time Olympic judo gold medallist from 1996-2004.

*Aki Taguchi, three-time Paralympian from 2004-2012.

*Satomi Ishihara, actress.

*Sandwich Man (Mikio Date and Takeshi Tomizawa), comedy duo.

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