The Torch and Emblem to be Used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay
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
Torch Production Process 1
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.
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)
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 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|
Japan LP-GAS Instruments Manufacture's Association
JAPAN ASSOCIATION OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
Emeritus Professor, Ph.D. OSAKA University
Emeritus Professor, Ph.D. Nagoya City University
|Chairman Technical Committee of Gas Appliances,
Japan Industrial Association of Gas and Kerosene Appliances
GASTAR CO., LTD.
Director of Paralympians Association of Japan
|Torch Relay executive committee, Olympian||Miho Takeda|
|President, Musashino Art University||Tadanori Nagasawa|
Managing Director, Hirota Design Studio
Professor, Joshibi University of Art and Design
CEO, Naoto Fukasawa Design
Professor, Tama Art University
Director, The Japan Folk Crafts Museum
Program Director, City Taskforce
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Eco-Societal System Innovation Section Center for Social and
Environmental System National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
|Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs - Japan||Ryohei Miyata|
|Art Director / Designer
DRILL DESIGN Founding Partner
|General Manager Quality Assurance Department
CHOFU SEISAKUSHO CO.,LTD.
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.