Olympics: Cherry blossom-themed torch unveiled for Tokyo 2020

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TOKYO (Reuters) – The torch layout for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was unveiled on Wednesday, precisely a yr earlier than the flame is because of arrive in Japan from Greece.

The theme of the purple gold torch centers on ‘sakura’ or cherry blossom in Japan, which arrives each spring to a good deal fanfare, and it become designed with enter from youngsters from the regions most severely damaged via the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Designer Tokujin Yoshioka stated he was inspired to create the torch, which features five sakura petals reduce into its head to mirror the five Olympic earrings, following a visit to an standard faculty in Fukushima.

“I become very impressed with the powerful expression inside the cherry blossoms drawn with the aid of kids in this region,” Yoshioka said at the unveiling rite in Tokyo. “They are trying to conquer demanding situations and looking to pass forward.

“I desired to percentage that with the arena.”

The topic of the Tokyo Games is reconstruction from the 2011 catastrophe and the torch relay will begin in Miyagi prefecture – some other region deeply affected – on March 20 subsequent yr.

The complete path is but to be disclosed.

The 1.2 kilogram torch is made from aluminum, 30 percentage of which has been salvaged from the transient housing built in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake.