Tokyo 2020 Emblems

Tokyo 2020 Emblems

Winning design

Harmonised chequered emblem

Chequered patterns have been popular in many countries around the world throughout history. In Japan, the chequered pattern became formally known as “ichimatsu moyo” in the Edo period (1603-1867), and this chequered design in the traditional Japanese colour of indigo blue expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.
Composed of three varieties of rectangular shapes, the design represents different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. It incorporates the message of “unity in diversity”. It also expresses that the Olympic and Paralympic Games seek to promote diversity as a platform to connect the world.

Tokyo 2020 Emblems Concept video

We have produced a concept video to inspire as many people as possible to embrace the Tokyo 2020 Emblems. This video introduces the Tokyo 2020 Emblem Concept and the configuration design.

Tokyo 2020 Emblems Concept video(Open in a new window)


Three different rectangular shapes represent diversity.

Diversity makes the world a vibrant place.
It sets us apart but can bring us together.
With mutual respect and support, diversity becomes unity.

These two emblems are made of the same number of shapes.
They remind us that all people are equal.
That regardless of ability or disability, we are united in our humanity.

The thrill and excitement of sports inspires us and makes
hearts around the world beat together as one.

This is where a dazzling future begins.

Designer of the Tokyo 2020 emblems

Asao Tokolo


Year of birth: 1969

Place of residence: Tokyo

Occupation: Artist

Education: Graduated in Architecture from the Tokyo Zokei University

Current employment:

Awards and exhibitions

- MOT Annual 2010: Neo-Ornamentalism from Japanese Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

- Open Space 2010 and 2011 - InterCommunication Center (ICC), Tokyo

- 2014 Materializing Exhibition II - Chinretsukan Gallery of the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts

- 2016 TOKOLO Asao x Aomori City Archives Exhibition - Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Prefecture

Selected Works

2007 - FRP/F town façade pattern, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture (architect: Hitoshi Abe)

2012 - Façade pattern for the 125th Anniversary of the Education Center, Kogakuin University (architect: Chiba Manabu Architects, design work with Azumi Mitsuboshi, Hachioji, Tokyo)

2015 - BaoBao Issey Miyake bag (Tokolo pattern)

2015 - Low-rise part façade glass pattern for the Dai Nagoya Building, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture (Architect: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.)

Runner-up designs

Connecting Circle, Expanding Harmony

Designer of the Tokyo 2020 emblems

Kozue Kuno


Year of birth: 1978

Place of residence: Tokyo

Occupation: Designer

Surpassing One's Personal Best

Designer of the Tokyo 2020 emblems

Takaaki Goto


Year of birth: 1966

Place of residence: Tokyo

Occupation: Art Director / Designer

Flowering of Emotions

Designer of the Tokyo 2020 emblems

Chie Fujii


Year of birth: 1967

Place of residence: Tokyo

Occupation: Designer

Substitute designs

Names and places of residence of creators of shortlisted designs

  • Daisuke Kumei
    Place of residence: Hokkaido
  • Kazuyuki Yamano
    Place of residence: Tokyo
  • Sayuri Shoji
    Place of residence: Tokyo

In order of received entry

Selection Process

Selection process through to the four shortlisted emblem designs

Tokyo 2020 emblems - selection process