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

TOKYO 2020

Olympische Fakkelestafette

By Ben Mullins

March 12, 2020 - July 24, 2020 - After being lit in Olympia, Greece, the Olympic torch will travel to Athens on March 19, and from then to Japan for the start of the XXXII Olympiad that takes place in Tokyo from July 24, 2020.

Following a special display session called “The Flame of Recovery” in the Japanese prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima – areas hit especially hard by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami – the flame will begin its tour of Japan from March 26 to July 24, whereupon it will arrive at Tokyo’s New National Stadium, ready for the opening ceremony.

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, with five petal-shaped columns around the tip of the rose gold aluminium beacon supplying five separate flames. Around 30% of the metal used in its construction is recycled from emergency prefabricated housing units built in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

PUBLISHED: 12/03/2020; STORY: Graphic News