The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has unveiled the designs of the tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Games at an event joined by Paralympian guests from home and abroad.
A total of 59 Olympic tickets and 25 Paralympic ticket designs for all competition events were unveiled. Expected to be delivered in May, each ticket features a sport pictogram that corresponds to the specific discipline, a venue pictogram, the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem, and is colour-coded according to the venue and the city hosting the event. The designs of the tickets for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be published at a later date.
The design of the tickets is based on the look of the Games, the visual identity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. It is inspired by the three types of rectangular shapes that form the Tokyo 2020 Emblems and the Japanese technique known as kasane no irome, a colour scheme used in the creation of fabrics used for kimonos during the Heian Period (794 - 1185). Having been traditionally used in the design of costumes for celebratory occasions, the colour scheme reflects the overlapping natural colours representative of each of Japan’s four seasons.
What do the colours mean?
Kurenai (red): Since ancient times, red has been used frequently during celebrative occasions and is a symbolic colour of Japan.
Ai (blue): Widely familiar to the people of Japan and globally known as a colour representing Japan. The colour of the Tokyo 2020 Emblems is also categorised under the ai colour.
Fuji (purple): This is the colour of the Japanese wisteria and has been regarded as a beautiful Japanese flower since ancient times.
Matsuba (green): This is the pine needle green colour that is often used for celebrative occasions.
The two Paralympian guests who attended the event, USA archer Matt Stutzman and Japanese canoeist Seryu Monika shared their impression on the design.
“I was at the venue earlier this week, and I believe that purple definitely matches everything and makes it feel very Zen. That’s what archery is all about,” said Stutzman, a silver medallist at London 2012 Games.
Seryu, who made her debut and finished eighth at Rio 2016 Games said the ticket for canoeing was attractive because it reminds people of the canoeing venue, which is surrounded by green trees.
The tickets also include the official Tokyo 2020 sport pictograms, designed to subtly communicate the characteristics and athleticism of each sport, as well as artistically highlights the dynamism of athletes.
“We are very proud of the design of the Tokyo 2020 tickets, embodying as it does Japanese traditions and skills, and we hope they will please both Japanese and international spectators at the Tokyo 2020 Games,” said Tokyo 2020 Spokesperson Takaya Masa. “These tickets will not just be the door-opener to the venues for them; they will become memorabilia that they will cherish long after the Games come to an end.”
Today’s event also marked the beginning of the second lottery for sales of Paralympic Games tickets. Starting from this morning, residents of Japan can apply for the tickets till 11:59 am on 29 January. The ticket lottery results will be announced on 18 February.
“I think that the spectators are going to watch archery, watch basically the impossible. That is, people with physical disabilities, such as myself, or even me without any arms, performing at the highest-level competition,” said Stutzman. “I would like everyone to see that I put it all out on the field and I am trying my hardest no matter what.”
Exhibition of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic ticket designs
This exhibition will be open to the public free of charge, allowing everyone to view the Tokyo 2020 ticket designs.
Location: 1F Atrium, Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Dates: 15 January 2020 / 13:00 – 29 January 2020 / 22:00 (closed on 20 January).