Tokujin Yoshioka's 2020 Olympic Torch design is a reminder of hope and healing
The countdown to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo has begun. The design of the games' iconic torch has been unveiled, one year ahead of the start of the Olympic torch relay. Conceived by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, the torch is a prime example of the detail-oriented craftsmanship typical of the country. Its structure is influenced by Japanese culture and symbolism, with a cross section profile that resembles a five-petal sakura, or cherry blossom, the national flower. Each petal is a vent for the flame and represents one of the five rings of the Olympic symbol. According to Yoshioka, the fire from each petal converges at the top of the torch, symbolising unity and peace.
The torch is a prime example of the detail-oriented craftsmanship typical of the country
The torch's colour lies somewhere between pink and gold, and has been dubbed 'sakura pink'. It is made of aluminium and uses the same extrusion technology employed in the manufacturing of Japan's Shinkansen bullet trains. About 30 percent of the metal has been recycled from temporary housing built after the catastrophic earthquake of 2011. The design ensures the flame won't be extinguished, even in high winds and heavy rain.
Its structure is influenced by Japanese culture and symbolism, with a cross section profile that resembles a five-petal sakura, or cherry blossom, the national flower
The torch will embark on a 121-day journey through Japan next year, beginning in March and coinciding with the cherry blossom season. The relay, themed 'hope lights our way', will start at a football field in the tsunami-hit Fukushima prefecture as a symbol of hope and the country's determination to recover.