TOKYO >> The design of the torch for the relay leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Games has been unveiled by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The torch’s shape and color are based on a cherry blossom, and it was made in part with aluminum that was used in temporary housing after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
More than 2 feet long and more than 2-1/2 pounds, the torch looks like a cherry blossom when seen from above.
Its color is called “cherry blossom gold,” a combination of pink and gold. About 30 percent of the aluminum used to make it came from aluminum window frames for temporary housing in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, which were battered by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
“I wanted to show everyone around the world how people are overcoming their struggles and recovering from the disaster,” said torch designer Tokujin Yoshioka, 52.
The torch relay will include 80 to 90 bearers a day, each running about 200 meters. When the torch moves to an adjoining prefecture or municipality, it will be carried in a lantern by car.
The committee is considering holding open applications for bearers during the summer.