"Hope lights our way" is the motto of the Torch Relay, which promotes unity among Japanese citizens with messages of support, acceptance and encouragement. The Olympic flame has historically carried a message of peace and hope around the host nation. It is one of the most powerful symbols of the Olympic Movement, and in the case of Tokyo 2020, it will take place in 47 prefectures of Japan, starting on March 25, 2021 from the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima prefecture. The Olympic flame will move for 121 days.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame arrived in Japan on March 20, 2020. It was lit in the Temple of Hera, the sacred place of Ancient Olympia, in Greece, on March 12 and, after the Greek leg of the relay, it was delivered to Japan.
After the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games, due to the global pandemic, the first Olympic flame has been kept lit in the Olympic Museum in that city. 98% of the population of Japan will be less than an hour by car or train from the passage of the Torch Relay, so it is estimated that it can reach almost the entire Japanese population.
The torch design is based on the cherry blossom, Japan's national flower. In the upper part it has 5 flames that emerge separately from the petals of the flower and join in the center of the torch, to emanate a brighter light, called the “Path of Hope”. The Torch Relay will begin during the cherry blossom season in Japan.
And although it has already been announced that the Games, for the first time in its history, will take place without tourists and only with local audiences, they are already a reality. Postponed a year, facing all the difficulties related to the pandemic, against all odds, Tokyo 2020 begins to show itself to the world.