In line with the concept ‘Share Your Light’, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch will be created in Tokyo in August 2020 by the coming together of the collective passion of everyone who is supporting the Paralympics.
The torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay will symbolise the coming together of the sentiments of everyone who is involved with and supporting the Paralympic Games.
A blend of traditional and contemporary technologies
The shape of Japan – a cherry blossom motif
The torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay has been created in a traditional form using the aluminium extrusion manufacturing technology used in the production of the Shinkansen bullet train.
The result is completely seamless and produced from a single sheet of metal.
It is a form that symbolises the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay created by Japanese tradition and advanced technological capabilities.
Introduction video of the torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay
Reconstruction and sustainability as key aspects
A part of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay is made is from recycled aluminium originally used in the construction of prefabricated housing units in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In total, approximately 30% of the torch is made from recycled aluminium. This transformation is a symbol of peace and underlines the reconstruction efforts taken in the disaster-affected areas.
*Approx. 30% of the torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay is made from recycled aluminium.
A beautiful, continuously-burning flame
The torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay has been designed in the form of a sacred flame. Five separate flames emerge from flower petals and come together as one at the centre of the torch to give off a more brilliant light.
Several technical features have been added in the production of the torch, including the adoption of a mechanism with a blue flame with strong thermal capabilities and a flameless combustion component (catalytic reaction), which together keep the flame alight.
As the sun goes down and the August days grow dark, the torch will burn brightly and light up the cities and regions through which it passes.
The torch for everyone
The weight and grip of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch have been specially produced to ensure that it is easy for absolutely anyone to hold – regardless of age or gender.
|Total weight||1.2kg (the torch weighs 1kg, while the combustion component weighs 0.2kg).|
|Main materials||Aluminium (approx. 30% of the torch is made from recycled aluminium originally used in temporary housing units after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster that devastated Japan’s Tohoku region)|
The torch was produced by a joint enterprise consisting of the following companies
|Planning, design and overall supervision||Tokujin Yoshioka Inc.|
|Torch housing||UACJ Extrusion Corporation|
|Combustion mechanism||Shinfuji Burner Co., Ltd.|
|Fuel and fuel cylinder||Eneos Globe Corporation|
Torch Selection Committee
Tokyo 2020 invited applications from joint enterprises to undertake all production aspects of the torch – from design through to actual manufacturing. The torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay was selected after two separate meetings of a panel of experts from a wide range of fields. The Selection Committee cited the outstanding design, the capabilities of the combustion mechanism to light the flame and the sustainability of the torch as major reasons behind its selection.