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Important Notice

On Tuesday 24 March 2020, the International Olympic Committee and The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Consequently, the launch of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay (OTR) that was scheduled to start on Thursday 26 March was put on hold while discussions took place to deal with the new developments.

A new schedule for the OTR will be decided in accordance with the decision made on the specific dates of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games. We will make every effort to prepare for a new grand start of the OTR for everyone to take part in and celebrate.

We will be releasing updates about the OTR as soon as new information becomes available.

(As of 26 March 2020)

The following information was compiled and released before the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games was announced on 24 March 2020.

Places of interest in Tokushima

The Tokushima leg of the Torch Relay begins in the western town of Higashimiyoshi in Miyoshi City, making its way to the city of Naruto, famous for the whirling current of Naruto Strait, where a celebration will take place at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will leave the southern town of Kaiyo, taking in the rich nature of the prefecture’s sea and mountains and arriving in the city of Tokushima, home to the Awa-odori Dance, for a celebration. The events on both days will feature a colourful “Awa culture” celebration.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Tokushima include: the bridges over Yoshino River that inspired Tokushima to be called the “museum of bridges”; and the Doll Culture Exchange Hall in the town of Katsuura, venue of the “Awa Katsuura Big Hina Dolls Festival”.

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