Japanese officials unveil the design for the 2020 Olympic torch, and it pays homage to the beautiful cherry blossoms of the country. The design was created by Tokujin Yoshioka, and it accurately celebrates the beauty of Japan’s famous national flower. With a torch this beautiful, many people will want to join the Olympics just to be able to hold it.
The Olympic Torch Relay will take place on March 26, 2020, and it will start in Fukushima. 80 to 90 passionate runners will carry the torch throughout Japan’s beautiful landscape for 121 days leading up to the Olympics. Once the cauldron is lighted, the Games are to begin. What better way to signify that the Olympics have begun than lighting the cauldron with an incredibly beautiful cherry blossom torch.
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The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch has been unveiled🥳 The torch bears the motif of a cherry blossom, Japan’s most familiar and best-loved flower. With the arrival of the cherry blossom season in March 2020, the Olympic Torch will be integrated with the “Hope Lights our way” concept of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay and will commence its journey across Japan 🌸 #Tokyo2020 #TorchRelay #olympicflame
The cherry blossom, or “sakura,” was incorporated into the torch design using a single sheet of aluminium. Yoshioka used the same advanced technology in Japan’s high-tech bullet trains, so the torch is made with absolute precision. The beacon is rose gold, 71 centimetres long, weighs 1.2 kilograms, and the is engraved with the Olympic symbols.
As an homage to the heroic efforts of those who lost their homes and livelihood in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that happened in 2011, Yoshioka made 30% of the torch from recycled aluminium that was used for temporary housing units as relief from the disaster. He was inspired by the cherry blossoms drawn by children in the disaster-hit areas to create this beautiful torch. Both literally and figuratively, the Olympic torch has become a beacon of light for the world to follow.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is changing the way we hold the Games. Not only is the torch a testament of Japanese design and engineering, but also to their love and appreciation for their people. Japan has also announced that their medals will be made of recycled electronic waste—setting the example for future hosts to be more environmentally conscious with how they run the event. We can look forward to the 2020 Olympics not simply as a symbol for national pride as we support athletes, but as a glimpse into what a sustainable future could look like.