Tokyo 2020; Promo Video Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival (Cultural Olympiad)


Scheduled to run from April to September 2020, the Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival will be aimed at promoting Japanese culture within Japan and globally, and at promoting the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Organised in cooperation with the national government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, prefectural governments, Tokyo 2020 sponsors and cultural and art organisations, it will represent the culmination of the Tokyo 2020 Nationwide Participation Programme.

Tokyo 2020; Introduction to Tokyo (7)

In 2020, Tokyo will host the XXXII Olympic Summer Games. The city also hosted the 1964 Olympics. Over the next years we’ll explore this fascinating and hectic metropolis in a serie of blog posts. Topics include: urban sprawl, architecture and infrastucture.


Magazine: JA109 – SPRING, 2018 – Kengo Kuma: a LAB for materials

The latest edition of JA Magazine is dedicated to Kengo Kuma (architect Olympic Stadium Tokyo 2020).


JA109 SPRING, 2018
Kengo Kuma: a LAB for materials

MARCH 2018
218Pages / 297mm x 226mm / English / Japanese

Return to Materials
Kengo Kuma

Some notes on Kengo Kuma’s project to re-enchant Contemporary Architecture through Material Research
Jeffrey Kipnis

Particlized: The New Arts and Sciences of Particles
Mario Carpo

Connecting Beings And Things
Reflections On Kengo Kuma’s Architecture
Richard Scoffier

Great (Bamboo) Wall
Pacific Flora 2004 Main Gate
Hamada Shoyu
Garden Terrace Miyazaki
Shizuku by Chef Naoko
Ginzan Onsen Fujiya
Bamboo / Fiber
Sensing Spaces

Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
GC Prostho Museum Research Center
Starbucks Coffee at Dazaifutenmangu Omotesando
Sunny Hills Japan
Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum
Kyushu Geibunkan Museum (Annex 2)
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
KOMOREBI / Château La Coste
Nagaoka City Hall Aore
Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building
Camper Monte Napoleone
Whitestone Gallery Taipei
Mont-Blanc Base Camp
Japan House São Paulo
Neowa Dome
KODAMA (Arte Sella Pavilion)
Coeda House
Comico Art Museum Yufuin
The Darling Exchange

Takayanagi Community Center
Paper Snake
Paper Brick
Paper Cocoon
Archives Antoni Clavé

Adobe Repository for Buddha Statue
Mesh / Earth
Mushizuka (Mound for Insects)
Novartis Shanghai Campus Multifunction Building
Museum of Indigenous Knowledge
Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village

Stone Museum
Lotus House
Chokkura Plaza
Stone Card Castle
Jeju Ball
V&A Dundee

[fire tile / glass / resin]
Kure City Ondo Civic Center
Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud
Xinjin Zhi Museum
China Academy of Art’s Folk Art Museum
Shipyard 1862
Tiffany Ginza
FRAC Marseille
Yakisugi Collection
Oribe Tea House
Water Branch House
Bubble Wrap
Beijing Tea House
Sogokagu Design Lab

Green Cast
Darius Milhaud Conservatory of Music
Wuxi Vanke
Le Nuage d’Aluminium
Hongkou SOHO
Beijing Qianmen
Yangcheng Lake Tourist Transportation Center

[membrane / fiber]
Fukuzaki Hanging Garden
Tee Haus
Floating Tea House
Casa Umbrella
Air Brick
Memu Meadows
Shang Xia Shanghai
Komatsu Seiren Fabric Laboratory fa-bo
New Shinagawa Station


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Tokyo 2020; Updated list of Olympic and Paralympic Venues (May 2018)

Imperial Palace Garden. Venue for Race Walk. Photo ©Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games

Today, the IOC Executive Board approved seven Football venues for Tokyo 2020 (read more). All venues are now confirmed.



VenueZoneOlympic GamesParalympic GamesCapacity
Olympic StadiumHeritage ZoneOpening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, FootballOpening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics68000
Tokyo Metropolitan GymnasiumHeritage ZoneTable TennisTable Tennis7000 (6000 Paralympics)
Yoyogi National StadiumHeritage ZoneHandballBadminton, Wheelchair Rugby10200
Nippon BudokanHeritage ZoneJudo, KarateJudo11000
Tokyo International ForumHeritage ZoneWeightliftingPowerlifting5000
Kokugikan ArenaHeritage ZoneBoxing-TBA
Equestrian ParkHeritage ZoneEquestrian (dressage, jumping, eventing)Equestrian9300
Musashino Forest Sport PlazaHeritage ZoneBadminton, Modern Pentathlon (fencing)Wheelchair Basketball7200
Tokyo StadiumHeritage ZoneFootball, Modern Pentathlon (swimming, fencing, riding, laser-run), Rugby-48000
Musashinonomori ParkHeritage ZoneCycling (road - start)-TBA
Ariake ArenaTokyo Bay ZoneVolleyball (indoor)Wheelchair Basketball15000
Ariake Gymnastics CentreTokyo Bay ZoneGymnasticsBoccia12000
Ariake Urban Sports ParkTokyo Bay ZoneCycling (BMX freestyle, BMX racing), Skateboarding-5000 / 6600 / 7000
Ariake Tennis ParkTokyo Bay ZoneTennisWheelchair Tennis19900 (19400 Paralympics)
Odaiba Marine ParkTokyo Bay ZoneAquatics (marathon swimming), TriathlonTriathlon5500
Shiokaze ParkTokyo Bay ZoneBeach volleyball-12000
Aomi Urban Sports ParkTokyo Bay ZoneBasketball (3x3), Sport ClimbingFootball 5-a-side7100 / 8400 (4300 Paralympics)
Oi Hockey StadiumTokyo Bay ZoneHockey-15000
Sea Forest Cross-Country CourseTokyo Bay ZoneEquestrian (eventing, cross-country)-16000
Sea Forest WaterwayTokyo Bay ZoneCanoe-Kayak (sprint), RowingCanoe, Rowing12800 / 16000 (12800 Paralympics)
Kasai Canoe Slalom CentreTokyo Bay ZoneCanoe-Kayak (slalom)-7500
Yumenoshima Park Archery FieldTokyo Bay ZoneArcheryArchery5600
Tokyo Aquatics CentreTokyo Bay ZoneAquatics (swimming, diving, artistic swimming)Swimming15000
Tatsumi Water Polo CentreTokyo Bay ZoneAquatics (water polo)-4700
Makuhari Messe Hall ATokyo Bay ZoneTaekwondo, WrestlingSitting Volleyball10000
Makuhari Messe Hall BTokyo Bay ZoneFencingTaekwondo, Wheelchair Fencing8000 (7000 Paralympics)
Makuhari Messe Hall CTokyo Bay Zone-Goalball5500
Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach-Surfing-6000
Saitama Super Arena-Basketball-21000
Asaka Shooting Range-ShootingShooting3800 / 3000
Kasumigaseki Country Club-Golf-25000
Enoshima Yacht Harbour-Sailing-3600
Izu Velodrome-Cycling (track)Cycling (track)3600
Izu MTB Course-Cycling (mountain bike)-11500
Fuji International Speed Way-Cycling (road - finish, individual time trial)Cycling (road)22000
Fukusihima Azuma Baseball Stadium-Baseball/Softball-14300
Yokohama Baseball Stadium-Baseball/Softball-35000
Sapporo Dome-Football-41000
Sapporo Odori Park-Athletics (marathon, race walk)-TBD
Miyagi Stadium-Football-49000
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium-Football-40000
Saitama Stadium-Football-64000
International Stadium Yokohama-Football-72000
Olympic / Paralympic VillageTokyo Bay Zone---
IBC/MPC Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight)Tokyo Bay Zone---



Tokyo 2020; Presentation by Robert Brown – ‘Microclimatic Design of the Tokyo Olympic Marathon Course’

Texas A&M College of Architecture

Robert Brown, a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, presents “Microclimatic Design of the Tokyo Olympic Marathon Course.”

The presentation was given at “Natural, Built, Virtual,” the 19th annual Texas A&M College of Architecture Research Symposium, which was held Oct. 23 in the Langford Architecture Center’s Preston Geren Auditorium. The daylong session showcased research and creative work by college faculty and, for the first time, doctoral students.

More on Natural, Built, Virtual here:

Project Summary:

More than a million people are expected to line the streets of Tokyo to watch the Olympic Marathon race on August 6, 2020. Early August is typically very hot, sunny, and humid in Tokyo, conditions that will put both runners and spectators at risk of heat-related illness. Runners preparing for the race will train in hot, humid locations to acclimatize, but spectators will be from all around the world and many will not be in any condition to stand in extremely hot microclimates for the two-hour race.

Vehicles with an array of micrometeorological instruments were driven along the proposed marathon route at the speed of an elite athlete on August 6th 2016 and 2017. The data were analyzed to identify ‘hot spots’ along the route that would put runners and/or spectators at risk. The tall red sticks in the image are locations that would put spectators in “extreme danger of heat related illness”, while short green sticks are thermally safe places.

The ‘red’ locations are being designed to be cooler and reduce spectators’ health risk. Design interventions that are being tested include rerouting the course so that it runs along streets with more shade from buildings, reducing the pruning of trees in spectator areas so as to provide more shade and evapotranspiration, growing trees in portable containers in areas that do not have enough room for street trees, taking advantage of wind corridors to increase cooling breezes, painting surfaces with light colored materials, and providing fine mists of water in key hot locations.

When you watch the 2020 Olympic Marathon on TV along with millions of people around the world, watch for microclimatic design interventions that make the course and the spectator areas safer and more thermally comfortable.

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Tokyo 2020; Update Medal Design Competition (April 2018)

Press release by Tokyo 2020:

Tokyo 2020 Completes First Review of Medal Designs
25 April 2018

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today carried out its first review of medal designs, narrowing them down to a shortlist of three for the Olympic Games and three for the Paralympic Games. The review comes as the nationwide collection of discarded electronic devices aimed at yielding the precious metals that will be used to make the medals continues to progress.`

The medal design competition commenced in December 2017 and more than 400 designs were submitted by the public. A Tokyo 2020 medal design selection panel comprising a member of the Tokyo 2020 Brand Advisory Board, Olympic and Paralympic medallists and professional designers subsequently reviewed all entries and selected today’s shortlist.

The competition guidelines stated that the designs need to embody the Tokyo 2020 Games’ vision, “sport has the power to change the world and our future.”

With the help of the designers, a manufacturing institution will create three-dimensional mock-ups of each medal design; one Olympic design and one Paralympic design will be selected in the summer of 2018. The new medals will be unveiled in the summer of 2019 together with specially commissioned ribbons and cases.

In April 2017, Tokyo 2020 commenced the nationwide collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices, in order to use the metal they contain in the production of medals – the first time such an innovative and environmentally-friendly approach has been adopted by an Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee.

As of January 2018, approximately 9,000 tons of discarded devices had been collected by municipal authorities across Japan, and more than 2.6 million used mobile phones had been handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores across Japan. An update on the collection process is available at Tokyo 2020 Medal Project.


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