The Emblem, Torch and Uniform to be Used for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay Emblem
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay Emblem has been designed from the perspective of consistency with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic 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 Paralympic torch. A combination of gold and yellow ochre is featured to depict the brilliance of diverse personalities, which together create an overall sense of a Japanese-style festival and expectations for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The light of the Paralympic torch represents countless encounters among people and widespread mutual acceptance. In August 2020, thanks to the Paralympic Torch Relay, this light will shine brightly on the new society that will emerge from the interactions of people from around the world.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic torch
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 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.
Completely seamless – produced from a single sheet of metal.
A form that symbolises the Tokyo 2020 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 Sustainability
Part of the material from which the torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay 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 torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay as a symbol of peace, and communicate the efforts taken toward reconstruction of 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 town.
Five separate flames emerge from flower petals
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 fuel part 0.2kg).
Colour: Sakura Pink
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
Introduction video of the torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay
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.
As of 25 March 2019
(in Japanese alphabetical order)
|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 Paralympic Torch Relay Uniform
Based on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay concept ‘Share Your Light’ and incorporating the core Tokyo 2020 chequered motif the design of the uniform embodies the vision of new partnerships between humans, and between humans and society. During the Torch Relay, flames will be lit separately in each of the 47 prefectures of Japan, as well as Stoke Mandeville, the Paralympic Movement’s birthplace in Great Britain, and the flames will be merged into a single flame in Tokyo before the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The design of the uniform is intended to reflect the way flames are converging from all over Japan, and the enthusiasm of the various groups of torchbearers who will proudly carry them. Moreover, the chequered pattern has traditionally been considered to bring good fortune in Japan, and in this design it is used to depict the light emitted by the Paralympic flame.
Each individual flame increases its brightness as it merges with the following flame; when all of the flames have come together into a single flame, they shine with a new harmonious light. Throughout the relay, they will build excitement and expectation in anticipation of the opening of the Paralympics Games.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay Uniform Design Director
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.