The Olympic Flag arrived today at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. With the conclusion of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the flag traveled more than 18,000 km and arrived today in Tokyo.
Tokyo 2020 unveiled the official emblems of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, “Harmonized Chequered Emblems.” The design was highly acclaimed by the public and the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee for exemplifying Japan and the city of Tokyo.
Meaning of Chequered Patterns
Chequered patterns have been popular in many countries around the world throughout history. In Japan, the chequered pattern became formally known as “ichimatsu moyo” in the Edo period (1603-1867). This design in the traditional Japanese color of indigo blue expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.
Composed of three varieties of rectangular shapes, the design represents different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. It incorporates the message of “Unity in Diversity.” It also conveys the fact that the Olympic and Paralympic Games seek to promote diversity as a platform to connect the world.
The design was selected following an open competition – the first ever in the Olympic history – which has actively engaged the public over the past seven months.
2020 Olympic Games
Tokyo was selected to host the games over Istanbul, Turkey and Madrid, Spain. The National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo will receive a $1 billion upgrade and will be the place for the opening ceremony on July 24, 2020.