Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Emblem

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Emblem has been designed from the perspective of consistency with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic brand and easy recognition as part of the brand family.

The three rectangular shapes that make up the Tokyo 2020 Games emblems have been redesigned to resemble the flame of a torch, and express the dynamic movement of a flame. The design also incorporates the fuki bokashi technique for colour gradation often used in traditional Japanese ukiyoe painting to further imbue the emblem with a Japanese aesthetic.

Traditional Japanese colours have been used to emphasise the flame of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch. Vermilion is featured to depict energy, passion, affection and dynamism, while the use of yellow ochre suggests vast expanses of earth or land, which together create an overall sense of a Japanese-style festival.

The torch runners transporting the Olympic flame over vast expanses of Japan will create a ‘Path of Hope’, symbolising a continuum to the future.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch

The torch to be used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay has been designed with a cherry blossom motif – a flower close to the hearts of all Japanese people. To coincide with the cherry blossom season in Japan, in March 2020 the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay will begin. The concept of the relay is 'Hope Lights Our Way' and the torch will tour the entire length and breadth of Japan.

A Blend of Traditional and Contemporary Technologies

The shape of Japan – a cherry blossom motif the Olympic torch has been created in a traditional form using the aluminium extrusion manufacturing technology used in the production of the shinkansen bullet train.
Completely seamless – produced from a single sheet of metal.
A form that symbolises the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay created by Japanese tradition and advanced technological capabilities.

The shape of Japan – a cherry blossom
The shape of Japan – a cherry blossom
Torch Production Process 1
Torch Production Process 1
Torch Production Process 2
Torch Production Process 2

Turning our Thoughts to Reconstruction and Consideration of Sustainability

Part of the material from which the Olympic torch is made is recycled aluminium* originally used in the construction of prefabricated housing units in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The temporary units used to house those affected by the disaster have been transformed into the Olympic torch as a symbol of peace, and communicate the steps taken toward reconstruction of the disaster-affected areas.

*Approx. 30% of the Olympic torch is made from recycled aluminium.

A Beautiful, Continuously-burning Flame

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch has been designed in the form of the Olympic 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 – the 'Path of Hope'.
To ensure the torch stays alight, the combustible part which lights the torch features two combustion mechanisms: a high calorific blue flame and a flameless mechanism (catalytic reaction) which supports the red flame of the torch.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will be held over 121 days – an unusually long period.
The flame will burn brightly and forcefully through the wide variety of seasons, climatic conditions and geographical regions that make up the Japanese archipelago.

Five separate flames emerge from flower petals

The Torch for Everyone

The weight and grip of the Olympic Torch have been specially produced to ensure that it is easy for absolutely anyone to hold – regardless of age or gender.

Torch Specifications

Length 710mm
Total weight 1.2kg (the torch weighs 1kg, while the combustion component weighs 0.2kg).
Colours Sakura and gold
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)

Torch producers

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
Materials LIXIL Corporation
Combustion mechanism Shinfuji Burner Co., Ltd.
Fuel and fuel cylinder Eneos Globe Corporation

Torch Video

Introduction video of the torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay

Torch Selection Committee

The Olympic torch was selected as ‘most epitomising the Tokyo 2020 Games’ by a panel of experts from a wide range of fields including design and technology.

(As of 20 March. 2019)

Executive Officer & General Manager Production Engineering div. Kazuto Inoue
Member of Torch Relay executive committee Joetaro Ueji
Executive Director
Japan LP-GAS Instruments Manufacture's Association
Masanori Enomoto
Technical Advisor
Shigeru Ohtani
Design Director
Emeritus Professor, Ph.D. OSAKA University
Emeritus Professor, Ph.D. Nagoya City University
Kazuo Kawasaki
Chairman Technical Committee of Gas Appliances,
Japan Industrial Association of Gas and Kerosene Appliances
Administration Department
Hirofumi Komaki
Paralympian (Shooting)
Director of Paralympians Association of Japan
Aki Taguchi
Torch Relay executive committee, Olympian Miho Takeda
President, Musashino Art University Tadanori Nagasawa
Design Director
Managing Director, Hirota Design Studio
Professor, Joshibi University of Art and Design
Naoko Hirota
Product Designer
CEO, Naoto Fukasawa Design
Professor, Tama Art University
Director, The Japan Folk Crafts Museum
Naoto Fukasawa
Principal Researcher
Program Director, City Taskforce
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Senior Researcher
Eco-Societal System Innovation Section Center for Social and
Environmental System National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
Junichi Fujino
Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs - Japan Ryohei Miyata
Art Director / Designer
DRILL DESIGN Founding Partner
Yoko Yasunishi
General Manager Quality Assurance Department
Hiraku Yamamoto

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Torchbearer Uniforms

Design concept

Based on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay concept ‘Hope Lights Our Way’, we are placing great importance on ensuring an outstanding Japanese-style torch relay with a seamless continuity to the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The Olympic flame used in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay connects the ancient Olympic Games with the opening of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The path of hope weaved by each individual torchbearer is lit up by the Olympic flame and heralds the way to the upcoming Games, and this is expressed in the design which originates with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay symbol positioned at the centre of the chest and connecting to the Look of the Games ichimatsu moyo chequered pattern featured prominently on the back.
The diagonally-worn sash has its origins in ancient Japanese Shinto rituals and is customarily used for relays in Japan. Along with introducing an element of Japanese tradition, the design incorporates a respect for the Torch Relay and aspirations for the success of the Games.

Design director

Daisuke Obana

Obana started his career in the used clothing business as a shop manager and buyer before establishing his own brand, N. HOLLYWOOD.With the release of his collection in 2002, he took part in the Tokyo Collection and now shows his collection in New York.Obana's activities are not restricted to fashion. He collaborates on a wide variety of projects on a global scale. He has a reputation for creating new values while respecting past traditions and values.

Consideration for sustainability

Thanks to the efforts of The Coca-Cola system in Japan, Limited, the uniform worn by the torchbearers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay uses material made from recycled Plastic bottles collected by Coca-Cola.