Press release by Tokyo 2020;
Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Ticket Designs Unveiled
Tokyo, 15 January 2020 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today unveiled the designs of the tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Each ticket features a sport pictogram that corresponds to the specific discipline, a venue pictogram, the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem, and is colour-coded according to the venue and the city hosting the ticketed event.
A total of 59 Olympic tickets and 25 Paralympic ticket designs for all competition events were unveiled. Delivery of the tickets will start in May.
The design of the tickets is based on the Look of the Games, the visual identity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. It is inspired by the three types of rectangular shapes that form the Tokyo 2020 Emblems and the Japanese technique known as kasane no irome, a colour scheme used in the creation of fabrics used for kimonos during the Heian Period (794-1185). Having been traditionally used in the design of costumes for celebratory occasions, this colour scheme reflects the overlapping natural colours representative of each of Japan’s four seasons.
The designs of the tickets use four traditional Japanese colours:
– Kurenai (red). Since ancient times, red has been used often during celebrative occasions and is a symbolic colour of Japan.
– Ai (blue). Widely familiar to the people of Japan and globally known as a colour representing Japan. The colour of the Tokyo 2020 Emblems is also categorised under the ai colour.
– Fuji (purple). This is the colour of the Japanese wisteria and has been regarded as a beautiful Japanese flower since ancient times.
– Matsuba (green). This is the pine needle green colour that is often used for celebrative occasions.
The tickets also include the official Tokyo 2020 sport pictograms, designed to subtly communicate the characteristics and athleticism of each sport, as well as artistically highlights the dynamism of athletes. Olympic Games sport pictograms were first introduced at the Tokyo 1964 Games, which arose from a need to communicate visually to an increasingly international group of athletes and spectators. Since then, pictograms have been created for every edition of the Games.
Said Tokyo 2020 Spokesperson Masa Takaya, “We are very proud of the design of the Tokyo 2020 tickets, embodying as it does Japanese traditions and skills, and we hope they will please both Japanese and international spectators at the Tokyo 2020 Games. These tickets will not just be the door-opener to the venues for them; they will become memorabilia that they will cherish long after the Games come to an end.”
Exhibition of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Ticket Designs
This exhibition will be open to the public free of charge, allowing everyone to view the Tokyo 2020 ticket designs.
Location: 1F Atrium, Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Dates: 15 January 2020 / 13:00 – 29 January 2020 / 22:00 (closed on 20 January).