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    A. Harmonized chequered emblem

    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), and this chequered design in the traditional Japanese colour 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 expresses that the Olympic and Paralympic Games seek to promote diversity as a platform to connect the world.


    B. Connecting Circle, Expanding Harmony

    This design expresses the connection between the dynamism of the athletes and the joy of the spectators, and the expansion of peace and harmony throughout the world.
    It seeks to encompass mental and physical strength, dynamic movement and speed, and the euphoric emotions that the world derives from outstanding athletic performances.
    The design also expresses the respect and warm hospitality that will be accorded to visitors from around the world to the Tokyo 2020 Games.


    C. Surpassing One’s Personal Best

    These emblems were inspired by the traditional Wind God and the Thunder God, and seek to convey dynamic movement at the instant an athlete breaks the tape on the finish line. They also represent athletes as they endeavour to attain and surpass their personal best.
    The Wind God and the Thunder God have been much loved by the people of Japan for centuries. (e.g. the famous painting by the early 17th century Japanese artist Tawaraya Sotatsu, and the statues of these Gods at the Kaminari-mon Gate in Tokyo’s Asakusa district)
    In the original depiction, the taiko drums held by the Thunder God are represented by fireworks, while the Wind Cloth held by the Wind God is replaced by the portrayal of a rainbow to symbolise the concepts of peace, diversity and harmony.
    The emblems also express the athletes’ continued contribution to peace through their mental and physical tenacity, and a connection to the future.


    D. Flowering of Emotions

    The morning glory flower as it faces up towards the heavens to greet the new morning, expresses the faces of athletes striving to attain a personal best and the bright faces of people as they applaud the athletes. The upward-looking morning glory also represents the climax of this range of emotions.
    The seed of the morning glory sprouts, the vine grows, and the flower opens,—the process of the flower growing and eventually returning to seed conveys the sense of expectation for the Games and succession to the next generation.
    This flower was particularly popular during Japan's Edo period (1603-1867), and remains a firm favourite (e.g. as subject for “Ukiyoe” prints.)
    It signifies a heightened sense of anticipation towards the 2020 Games and the warm welcome that visitors from around the world will receive.

    My personal favorite is D. A seems a little too colorless, the balance in B is kind of off and I don't understand what the Paralympic logo is there, and C is Beijing.

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  2. Here's a new render for the Olympic Village. The tall towers won't be built until after the games.

    Olympic Village baseline design on Harumi Island.


    Start of construction: January 2017
    Scheduled completion date: December 2019

    After the games the buildings will become normal residential apartments. Completion of the post games rework, including the 2 tallest towers that will be built after the games is scheduled for 2024.

    Total mumber of apartments: 5,650
    Floor count: 15 to 18.



  3. I found this article that included a very intersting quote from our friend Mori...

    Mori said he had spoken with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and been given consent to use the cauldron from the 1964 Games, the previous one hosted in Tokyo, for the 2020 edition.


    I personally would rather have the original cauldron reused than have them try (and possibly fail) at another attempt at an iconic cauldron like the one they have today. I imagine the LA cauldron was reused for a similar sentiment, since they could have built an entirely new one if they had wanted. I feel like the existing cauldron, after it's ongoing tour of the country, would fit very well in the new design since it is not gigantic and relatively manageable (meaning cleaning after the games are over it isn't an ordeal).

    Maybe they'll base the torch off of the cauldron if this happens...

  4. I think people flock to him because for the past two elections a very establishment candidate was chosen for the GOP and both times they lost. Maybe they're hoping this time they might win with an outsider. Also, in the past there have been GOP candidates who have tried to hide any racist or sexist tendencies in favor of the general, but many bigoted Americans wanted true representation, and that's just what they got. Can he win in the general--if the Democrats essentially give up, sure. All they have to do is keep the enthusiasm (maybe nominate the candidate who generated it (!!!!)) and they'll win no problem.

  5. Since baseball/softball's re-entrance into the 2020 Games is all but inevitable, it seems that the OC and within conversations with the IOC are leaning towards a renovated Yokohama Stadium that, unless they feel like they need to use more than one stadium, will host all games. Why they don't use the Tokyo Dome is a mystery to me. I assume that there are already games shedualed during the Olympics or something that couldn't be relocated. This is not set in stone yet, though...




  6. http://sportetsociete.org/2016/02/06/jo-2024-ouverture-du-site-internet-de-paris-2024-le-17-fevrier/

    The website to be unveiled on february 17, same day as the official presentation of the concept and vision.

    At the time being, it can be seen a slogan: le rêve nous rassemble (the dream brings us together)



    been thinking that this snippet might be of a cursive "i" within the word Paris. They haven't been shy from using words as their emblems for the past few tries, so why stop now?

  7. 2020 Tokyo Olympic 'host towns' announced

    Japan's government has chosen 44 municipalities for its "host town" program to promote exchange with countries taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The program is designed to encourage municipalities across the country to welcome athletes and tourists in Japan during the Games. The government also hopes the program will help revitalize local communities. Registered municipalities are to be granted subsidies to cover part of costs for exchange programs.

    On Tuesday, the government registered 44 municipalities as the first batch of host towns. One of them, Abashiri City in Hokkaido, plans to host visitors from Australia. The city is popular as a rugby training camp site.

    Zao Town in Miyagi Prefecture is to host visitors from Palau. The town accepted immigrants from the Pacific island nation after World War Two.

    Inawashiro Town in Fukushima Prefecture is to host people from Ghana. Inawashiro is the hometown of the late medical doctor Hideyo Noguchi, who died in the country nearly 90 years ago while studying yellow fever.

    Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Toshiaki Endo, said they are not only for Tokyo. He said he wants all people in Japan to make the Games their festival.

    The government plans to register more towns.


  8. Some information about the handover ceremony...

    J-pop diva Sheena Ringo to help produce Tokyo’s handover ceremony in Rio

    Japanese pop diva Sheena Ringo will serve as a production consultant for the flag handover ceremony at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizers said following an executive board meeting on Monday.

    Sheena was one of eight named to an advisory panel to help produce the eight-minute segment to be held during the closing ceremony at the Maracana for the Rio Olympics on Aug. 21 and the Paralympics on Sept. 18.

    “I hope to fulfill my job as a consultant in helping showcase Tokyo as well as Japan (to the world),” Sheena, who wrote the official song for the NHK broadcast of soccer’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil, said in a statement..

    Joining the chart-topping singer-songwriter on the consulting team are choreographer Mikiko, former synchronized swimming Olympian and Tokyo Games ambassador Mikako Kotani as well as Paralympic shooter Aki Taguchi.

    “It will be a tall order to squeeze everything into eight minutes,” Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said. “But I hope we can offer some highlights about Japan that will give the world an idea of what our country is up to.”

    “Something like this cannot be left to amateurs. We need experts as well as those who have experienced the Olympics and Paralympics to get this right.”

    The organizing committee on Monday also rubber-stamped the expected appointment of Panasonic Corp. President Kazuhiro Tsuga as vice president to replace Toyota Motor Corp. chief Akio Toyoda, who stepped down last month.


    Here's a few of her videos, including the song referred to in the article.

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