Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Design by Tokujin Yoshioka

A design that embodies the spirit of recovery and consideration for sustainability

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火炬作为奥运精神的象征,旨在将每一个人的感受具象化地表达出来。2020东京奥运会的火炬造型取自日本传统的樱花纹样(Sakuramon),融合了传统和现代科技。2020年东京残奥会的吉祥物SOMEITY的名称和设计也同样以樱花为原型。

The torch is a symbol designed to embody the feelings of everyone supporting the Olympic Games. Uniting tradition and modern technology, the shape of the torch for Tokyo 2020 Olympics resembles that of a Japanese traditional “Sakuramon” cherry blossom emblem. The name of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games mascot SOMEITY and its design also come from this flower.

▼视频,video

▼2020东京奥运会火炬,Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch

火炬的塑形使用了与新干线列车相同的铝挤压制造技术,实现了无缝式的单体构造。火炬的制作也体现了恢复和可持续的精神:火炬材料来源于东日本大地震后建造的临时住房留下的铝废料(30%),将目睹过城市重生的材料转变为和平的象征。这一做法将向世界讲述这些遭受灾难的地区一步一步逐渐恢复的过程。

▼樱花纹样,Sakuramon

▼火炬材料来源于东日本大地震震后重建留下的铝废料,aluminium construction from temporary housing built in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake waste was used to create the torch

It was shaped into this form using the same aluminium extrusion technology used in the manufacture of Shinkansen bullet trains. It forms a seamless, single piece in a form that symbolises the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic 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.

▼火炬细部,detailed view

设计还考虑了火焰本身的形状。五朵“花瓣”形成的五束火光在中央汇聚成一束更大的火焰,用于燃烧的部分采用了多项技术创新,包括催化反应等。

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, generating even greater brilliance. A number of technological innovations have been deployed in the combustion section that lights the torch, including catalytic reaction.

▼燃烧部分,the combustion section

手柄部分的重量使任何人都可以轻松地将火炬举起。有视觉障碍的人士还可以通过手柄上的定位标记来确定火炬的前后方向。这是一个真正为所有人而做的设计。

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.

▼设计示意,design concept

▼挤压铝,extruded aluminum

长度|Length: 710 mm
重量|Weight: 1.2 kg (approx. 1kg body plus 200g fuel cell)
颜色|Colour: Sakura Pink

Main material: Aluminium (30% of which is sourced from recycled aluminium recovered from temporary housing)
Design and Manufacture
Planning and design of the Torch: Tokujin Yoshioka Inc.
Case manufactured by: UACJ Extrusion Corporation
Materials supplied by: LIXIL Corporation
Combustion mechanism by: Shinfuji Burner Co., Ltd.
Fuel tank and fuel supply by: ENEOS GLOBE Corporation

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