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Video shows the route of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay around Japan, highlighting the unique design of the torch.

TOKYO 2020

Olympic Torch Relay video animation

By Ben Mullins

March 25, 2021 - July 23, 2021 - After being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Olympic flame, which has been held in Tokyo for a year, is set to be carried around all 47 of Japan's prefectures in a lengthy 121-day long Torch Relay.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will run from March 25-July 23, 2021 – following a 12-month delay caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.

During its travels the torch will visit all 47 prefecture capitals, plus hundreds of towns and villages along the way – giving people from all walks of life a chance to share in the celebration.

The Olympic torch was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka and is inspired by traditional cherry blossoms. Five petal-shaped columns surround the tip of a rose gold aluminium beacon, which produces five separate flames.

Around 30% of the aluminium metal used in the torch's construction is recycled from emergency prefabricated housing units built in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

PUBLISHED: 24/03/2021; ORIGINAL STATIC GRAPHIC: GN39550 Ninian Carter; TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Phil Bainbridge; STORY: Graphic News