Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Design by Tokujin Yoshioka

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

Project Specs


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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.


▼2020东京奥运会火炬,Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch



▼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


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


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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