With a slogan of “Hope Lights the Way,” the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay started mid-March during the cherry blosom season in Fukushima, Japan. The relay lasted for 121 days and toured all of the prefectures in Japan until the opening ceremony on July 23rd at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch embodies unique features of Japan.
The torch is designed with a cherry blossom motif — a flower not only close to the hearts of all Japanese people but also people who live in the United States as a symbol of our everlasting friendship.
The completely seamless body of the torch is made with the same aluminum extrusion manufacturing technology used in the production of the Shinkansen Bullet Train.
Approximately 30% of the material the Olympic torch is made from is recycled aluminum, which was originally used in the construction of prefabricated housing units in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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