Tokyo 2020; Visual Identity Torch Relay

Emblem

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

 

Design Concept

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Emblem incorporates three rectangular shapes arranged to depict the dynamic flames of a torch. In addition, a “ukiyo-e” woodblock printing technique known as “fukibokashi” has been used to produce graduated tones across two colours. One of these – vermilion – produces an energetic, loving and passionate image, and is combined with ochraceous, reminiscent of the earth, to create a festive feeling evoking Japan as well as the effect of a flame.

 

Visual identity

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020; Torch Design

Video

 

Design Concept

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.

Uniting tradition and modern technology, the shape of the torch resembles that of a Japanese traditional “Sakuramon” cherry blossom emblem. It was shaped into this form using the same aluminium extrusion technology used in the manufacture of Japan’s famous bullet trains. It forms a seamless, single piece symbolising the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, created by fusing Japanese tradition and modern technology.

The manufacture of the torch embodies the spirit of recovery and consideration for sustainability. Aluminium construction waste from temporary housing built in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake was used to create it, transforming materials that witnessed the rebuilding of shattered lives into a symbol of peace. This will convey to the world the extent to which the affected areas are recovering, one step at a time.

The torch is also designed to depict the shape of a flame. The five flames generated from the petal unite at the centre of the torch, lighting the way with greater brilliance. A number of technological innovations have been deployed in the combustion section that lights the torch, including catalytic reaction.

The weight and shape of the torch grip is designed to make it easy for anyone to handle. It includes a positioning mark indicating the front of the torch designed for those with a visual impairment. The torch is simply created for everyone.

Specifications:
– Length: 710 mm
– Weight: 1.2 kg (approx. 1kg body plus 200g fuel cell)
– Colour: Sakura gold
– Main material: Aluminium (30% of which is sourced from recycled aluminium recovered from temporary housing)

 

Images

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020; 500 Days to go!

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Today marks 500 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Tokyo Organising Committee has shared a number of videos with milestones from recent years:

 

 

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020) will take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020. You can read more about Tokyo 2020 on this page.

Tokyo 2020; Pictograms unveiled

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has unveiled the design of the pictograms for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Facts & Figures

  • A refinement of the Tokyo 1964 pictograms
  • Designer: Masaaki Hiromura (1954, graphic designer)
  • 50 Designs
  • 33 Sports
  • Two sets: Frame type and Free type
  • Colour variations: Blue (like the Tokyo 2020 emblems) and five other traditional Japanese colours: kurenai, ai, sakura, fuji and matsuba.

 

Concept video

 

Introduction video

 

Pictograms Frame type

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

 

Pictograms Free type

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

 

“It is a real honour to have participated in the design of the Tokyo 2020 sport pictograms. I have tried to express the dynamic beauty of the athletes through these pictograms, while respecting the legacy bequeathed by the pioneers of the Japanese design industry in their designs for the Tokyo 1964 Games. The 2020 designs took us almost two years to complete and they embody the thoughtful input of the many people involved. I hope that these pictograms will inspire everyone and help generate excitement for the different sports at Tokyo 2020, and that they will colourfully decorate the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

Masaaki Hiromura, designer of the Tokyo 2020 pictograms

Tokyo 2020; Test Events Schedule (March 2019)

Update
– Sport Climbing: Dates of competition have been moved from Aug.30-Sep.1, 2019 to March 6-8, 2020.
– Volleyball: Test event schedule has been unveiled.

 

DateVenueSportEventOrganiser
9-16 September 2018Enoshima Yacht HarbourSailingSailing's World Cup Series EnoshimaWorld Sailing/Japan Sailing Federation
5-7 October 2018Tatsumi Water Polo CentreAquatics (Water Polo)Japan Swimming ChampionshipsJapan Swimming Federation
27-30 June 2019AGF Field / Musashino Forest Sport PlazaModern Pentathlon2019 UIPM World Cup FinalUnion Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM)
6-7 July 2019Tokyo International ForumWeightliftingREADY STEADY TOKYO - WeightliftingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games / Japan Weightlifting Association
12-18 July 2019Yumenoshima Park Archery FieldArcheryREADY STEADY TOKYO - ArcheryThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
18-21 July 2019Tsurigasaki Surfing BeachSurfingREADY STEADY TOKYO - SurfingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
21 July 2019Start : Musashinonomori Park / Finish : Fuji International SpeedwayCycling (Road)READY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (Road)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
23-28 July 2019Musashino Forest Sport PlazaBadmintonDaihatsu Yonex Japan Open 2019 Badminton ChampionshipsNippon Badminton Association
24-28 July 2019Shiokaze ParkVolleyball (Beach)FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2019 4-star TokyoFédération Internationale de Volleyball
7-11 August 2019Sea Forest WaterwayRowing2019 World Rowing Junior ChampionshipsWorld Rowing Federation
12-14 August 2019Equestrian Park / Sea Forest Cross-Country CourseEquestrian (Eventing)READY STEADY TOKYO - Equestrian (Eventing)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games / Japan Equestrian Federation
14-16 August 2019Kasumigaseki Country ClubGolf25th 2019 Japan Junior Golf ChampionshipJapan Golf Association
15-18 August 2019Odaiba Marine ParkTriathlon2019 Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event / 2019 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Tokyo / 2019 Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup2019 ITU Olympic Qualification Event Tokyo Organizing Committee (Tentative)
17-21 August 2019Oi Hockey StadiumHockeyREADY STEADY TOKYO - HockeyThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
17-22 August 2019 (with pre-competition activities 15-16 August 2019)Enoshima Yacht HarbourSailingREADY STEADY TOKYO - SailingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
20-25 August 2019 (TBC)Saitama Super ArenaBasketballInternational Basketball Games 2019 (TBC)Japan Basketball Association
25 August - 1 September 2019Nippon BudokanJudo2019 World Judo ChampionshipsInternational Judo Federation
6-8 September 2019 (9 Sep. 2019)Nippon BudokanKarate (Kata / Kumite)2019 Karate 1 - Premier League Tokyo READY STEADY TOKYO - Karate on the following day of 2019 Karate 1 - Premier League Tokyo)World Karate Federation (The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games)
12-15 September 2019Sea Forest WaterwayCanoe (Sprint)READY STEADY TOKYO - Canoe (Sprint)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
15 September 2019Meijijingu Gaien (Start / Finish)Athletics (Marathon)Marathon Grand ChampionshipJapan Association of Athletics Federations
26-27 September 2019Tokyo International ForumPowerliftingREADY STEADY TOKYO - PowerliftingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games / Japanese Para-powerlifting Federation
27-28 September 2019Makuhari Messe Hall ATaekwondoREADY STEADY TOKYO - TaekwondoThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
28-29 September 2019Makuhari Messe Hall CGoalball2019 Japan Para Goalball ChampionshipsJapanese Para-Sports Association
TBCTBCAquatics (Marathon Swimming)READY STEADY TOKYO - Aquatics (Marathon Swimming)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
3-5 October 2019Makuhari Messe Hall AWrestlingREADY STEADY TOKYO - WrestlingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
5-6 October 2019Fukushima Azuma Baseball StadiumSoftball52nd Japan Women’s Softball League - Division 1 Section 8 in FukushimaJapan Softball Association / Japan Women's Softball League Organization
6 October 2019Izu MTB CourseCycling (Mountain Bike)READY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (Mountain Bike)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
12-13 October 2019Ariake Urban Sports ParkCycling (BMX Racing)READY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (BMX Racing)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
23 October - 3 November 2019Ariake Tennis ParkTennisThe 94th Mitsubishi All Japan Tennis ChampionshipsJapan Tennis Association
25-27 October 2019Kasai Canoe Slalom CentreCanoe (Slalom)READY STEADY TOKYO - Canoe (Slalom)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
On holdOn holdBoxingOn holdOn hold
6-10 November 2019Tokyo Metropolitan GymnasiumTable Tennis2019 ITTF Team World CupInternational Table Tennis Federation
13-17 November 2019Yoyogi National StadiumPara BadmintonJapan Para-Badminton International 2019Japan Para-Badminton Federation Inc.
21-24 November 2019Yoyogi National StadiumHandballJapan Cup 2019 Tokyo / 71st Japan Handball Championship, Men's DivisionJapan Handball Association
28 November - 1 December 2019Ariake Gymnastics CentreGymnastics (Trampoline)34th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World ChampionshipsFédération Internationale de Gymnastique / Japan Gymnastics Association
13-15 December 2019Makuhari Messe Hall BFencingPrince Takamado Trophy World CupFederation Japonaise d’Escrime
28 February - 1 March 2020Ariake Gymnastics CentreBoccia2020 Japan Para Championships BocciaJapanese Para-Sports Association
6-8 March 2020Aomi Urban Sports ParkSport ClimbingREADY STEADY TOKYO - Sport ClimbingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
12-15 March 2020Yoyogi National StadiumWheelchair Rugby2020 Japan Para Wheelchair Rugby ChampionshipsJapanese Para-Sports Association
4-5 April 2020Ariake Gymnastics CentreGymnastics (Artistic)FIG Individual All-Around World Cup 2020Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique / Japan Gymnastics Association
6 April 2020Ariake Gymnastics CentreGymnastics (Rhythmic)READY STEADY TOKYO - Gymnastics (Rhythmic)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
11-12 April 2020Izu VelodromeCycling (Track)READY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (Track)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
11-12 April 2020Tatsumi Water Polo CentreAquatics (Water Polo)Test MatchJapan Swimming Federation
14-15 April 2020Tokyo Aquatics CentreAquatics (Swimming)READY STEADY TOKYO - Aquatics (Swimming)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
16 April 2020 Tokyo Aquatics CentrePara SwimmingREADY STEADY TOKYO - Para SwimmingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
21-26 April 2020Tokyo Aquatics CentreAquatics (Diving)FINA Diving World Cup 2020Fédération Internationale de Natation
21-26 April 2020Ariake ArenaVolleyball2020 Volleyball International Friendly Games (TBC)Japan Volleyball Association
22 April 2020Ariake Urban Sports ParkSkateboardingREADY STEADY TOKYO - SkateboardingThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
25-26 April 2020 (or only 1day either on 25 or 26 Apr.)Ajinomoto StadiumRugbyAsia Sevens Invitational 2020 (TBC)Japan Rugby Football Union (TBC)
April 2020 (TBC)Ariake Urban Sports ParkCycling (BMX Freestyle)READY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (BMX Freestyle)The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
30 April - 3 May 2020Tokyo Aquatics CentreAquatics (Artistic Swimming)FINA Artistic Swimming Olympic Games Qualification Tournament 2020Fédération Internationale de Natation
April 2020 (TBC)Asaka Shooting RangeShootingTBCTBC
2-6 May 2020 (TBC)Ariake Urban Sports ParkBasketball (3x3)International Basketball 3x3 Games 2020 (TBC)Japan Basketball Association
2-3 May 2020Olympic StadiumPara Athletics2020 Japan Para Athletics ChampionshipsJapanese Para-Sports Association
5-6 May 2020Olympic StadiumAthleticsTokyo Challenge Track Meet 2020Japan Association of Athletics Federations
TBCTBCFootballTBCTBC

Tokyo 2020; Finland / Metsä Pavilion by Helin & Co

Metsä Pavilion Tokyo 2020. Design by Helin & Co.

 

Architects’ description:

Helin & Co Designs Metsä Pavilion for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
Helin & Co Architects is designing a wooden Metsä pavilion to be used during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The pavilion will rise to the site of the Finnish Embassy in Japan, which is centrally located in Tokyo near the Roppongi district.

The long traditions of wood architecture in both Japan and Finland have been taken into consideration in the design process. “The pavilion is approachable and authentic while being stylish and of high quality at the same time,” says Pekka Helin, architect of the pavilion.

One of the carrying themes is sustainability, and in the future the building will be used for other purposes as well. “Once the pavilion is no longer needed, it can be demolished, sent to another location and rebuilt there. The main idea is to demonstrate to the pavilion visitors how in Finland, wood is used ecologically and sustainably,” Helin says.

The Metsä pavilion is a versatile space where many kinds of different events, such as seminars, exhibitions and parties can be organized. The pavilion will also serve as a meeting place for Finland’s Olympic team during the Summer Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. The pavilion will be built by Metsä Group and Business Finland.

 

Source and more images: Website Helin & Co

Tokyo 2020; New venue photos and renders (February 2019 – part 2/2)

Sea Forest Waterway

Sea Forest Waterway (Games Time): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

 

Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Tokyo Aquatics Centre (sub-pool, Games Time): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre (main-pool, South, Games Time): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre (main-pool, North, Games Time): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre (outside, SW, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre (outside, SW, Games Time): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre (full, SE, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre (full, SE, Games Time): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

 

Yumenoshima Park Archery Field

Yumenoshima Park Archery Field (full, West, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field (roof, NW, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Tokyo 2020; New venue photos and renders (February 2019 – part 1/2)

Ariake Arena

Ariake Arena (concourse, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Ariake Arena (main, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Ariake Arena (outside, SE, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Ariake Arena (full, NE, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

 

Ariake Tennis Park

Ariake Tennis Park (indoor, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Ariake Tennis Park (club house, SE, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Ariake Tennis Park (showcourt, SW, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Ariake Tennis Park (full, South, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

 

Oi Hockey Stadium

Oi Hockey Stadium (main, SW, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Oi Hockey Stadium (main, NE, After the Games): Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Jan. 2019. Courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Tokyo 2020; Construction update (February 2019)

Venue Olympic sports Completed Scheduled completion date
Musashino Forest Sport Plaza Badminton, Modern Pentathlon (fencing) 100% March 2017
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field Archery 90% May 2019
Sea Forest Waterway Rowing and Canoe Sprint 77% May 2019
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre Canoe Slalom 74% December 2019
Olympic Village 73% (residential) / 18% (commercial) December 2019
Ariake Gymnastics Centre Gymnastics 62% October 2019
Olympic Stadium Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football > 60% November 2019
Tokyo Aquatics Centre Swimming, Diving and Artistic Swimming 55% February 2020
Ariake Arena Volleyball 51% December 2019
Oi Hockey Stadium Hockey 48% June 2019

Data via Tokyo2020 and Tristan Lavier (Tokyo2020 International Communications Manager) on Twitter. More info and photos here.