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Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will start on March 25, 2021, in Fukushima Prefecture and traverse all 47 prefectures of Japan in 121 days.
The Paralympic Torch Relay will be held from August 12 to 24, 2021, during the transition period between the closing of the Olympic Games and the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay transports the official flame ignited by the light of the Sun in Olympia, Greece, through Greece and the host country to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. For Tokyo 2020, the lighting ceremony and handover ceremony took place on March 12, 2020. Representing Japan, Mizuki Noguchi, the gold medalist of the women’s marathon in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, received the flame as the second torchbearer.

The flame kindled in Greece will be carried by some 10,000 torchbearers before arriving at the opening ceremony held at the Olympic Stadium.

Hope Lights Our Way

The concept of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay is “Hope Lights Our Way.”

The flame will spread the message about supporting, accepting, and encouraging one another, and shine the light on a path of hope.

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The torch that will be used in the Olympic Torch Relay is designed with a cherry blossom motif. Part of the material is made from recycled aluminum that was originally used for the construction of prefabricated housing units in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic torchbearer uniforms are designed with a diagonal sash inspired by the traditional Japanese tasuki.

Outline of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay in Shizuoka

Schedule: Wed.–Fri., June 23–25, 2021

Shizuoka will be the 41st of the 47 prefectures on the route of the torch relay. Over a course of three days, a total of 273 torchbearers will carry the flame for about 200 meters each through 26 segments of 22 municipalities.

* Details of the route will be provided when the information becomes available.

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay

The Paralympic Torch Relay will start on August 12, 2021. Flames are lit in several locations in Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain, and the host country, and then merged to form the Paralympic Torch.

Flames kindled across Shizuoka will come together as a single flame and be relayed throughout the prefecture.

Share Your Light

The concept of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay is “Share Your Light.”

This expresses the hope for diverse lights (people) to gather and meet through the Paralympic Torch Relay, and shine the light on a fully inclusive society.

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For consistency with the Olympic Torch Relay, the torch that will be used in the Paralympic Torch Relay is designed with a cherry blossom motif and made from recycled aluminum that was originally used for construction. Traditional Japanese technology is used to produce a seamless torch from a single sheet of metal.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic torchbearer uniforms express the brightness of partnerships between individual people, and between people and society in a design based on the Ichimatsu checkered pattern central to the Tokyo 2020 look.

Outline of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay in Shizuoka

1. Lighting (ceremonies): 35 municipalities of Shizuoka

Shizuoka Prefecture will host lighting ceremonies in 35 municipalities symbolizing the hope for a fully inclusive society.

Lighting ceremony host municipalities:
Hamamatsu City, Iwata City, Kakegawa City, Fukuroi City, Kosai City, Omaezaki City, Kikugawa City, Mori Town, Shizuoka City, Shimada City, Yaizu City, Fujieda City, Makinohara City, Yoshida Town, Kawanehoncho Town, Numazu City, Atami City, Mishima City, Fujinomiya City, Ito City, Fuji City, Gotemba City, Susono City, Izu City, Izunokuni City, Kannami Town, Shimizu Town, Nagaizumi Town, Oyama Town, Shimoda City, Higashi-izu Town, Kawazu Town, Minami-izu Town, Matsuzaki Town, Nishi-izu Town.

2. Flame merging ceremony: Nihondaira Yume Terrace (Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City) * Scheduled

Flames kindled across the prefecture will come together as a single flame in Shizuoka City to form Shizuoka Prefecture’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch.
The merging ceremony is scheduled to be held at Nihondaira Yume Terrace, in Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City.

3. Torch Relay: Atami City, Shizuoka City, Omaezaki City, Kikugawa City, Hamamatsu City

As the host of Paralympic sports competitions, Shizuoka Prefecture will also host lighting ceremonies, a flame merging ceremony, and the torch relay.
The merged single flame will be carried by Paralympic torchbearers in groups of three through Atami City, Shizuoka City, Omaezaki City, and Kikugawa City, and arrive at Hamamatsu City for a departure ceremony to Tokyo.

4. Flame lighting festival and departure ceremony: Yotsuike Park (Naka-ku, Hamamatsu City ) * Scheduled

The torch relay will arrive at its final destination in Yotsuike Park, in Hamamatsu City, where a flame lighting festival is held to create a single flame of Shizuoka Prefecture, and a departure ceremony to further relay the passion of prefectural residents to Tokyo.

After arriving in Tokyo, the flame will meet the flames lit in other sports competition host prefectures (Saitama, Chiba, and Tokyo) as well as Stoke Mandeville, and merge into a single Tokyo 2020 Paralympic flame.

* A detailed schedule will be provided when it becomes available.

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