The much awaited design of the Olympic Torch for the Tokyo 2020 Games was unveiled with much fanfare. The Olympic Torch Relay and the emblem for the event were launched simultaneously at the event.
In the run up to the quadrennial event, the Torch and its emblem will feature strongly across the whole of Japan. The Torch bears the motif of a cherry blossom, Japan's most familiar and best-loved flower.
Uniting tradition and modern technology, the shape of the Torch resembles that of a Japanese traditional "Sakura-mon" 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.
"The manufacture of the Torch embodies a passion for recovery and consideration for sustainability," a Tokyo 2020 statement adds.
"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 was planned and designed by Tokujin Yoshioka and depicts the shape of a flame.
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