Tokyo Unveils 2020 Olympic Logos

Japan has unveiled the new official logos for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The design by Asao Tokolo is named harmonized chequered emblem.

2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games emblem

According to the official website of Tokyo 2020:

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.

Akihabara Electric Town 1986

Tokyo’s Akihabara Electric Town in 1986. Lots of consumer electronic shops back then before the anime-manga industry became the dominant business in the district.

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Keiko Kitagawa Tokyo Walker

Actress Keiko Kitagawa on the cover of Tokyo Walker Magazine (no.16 biweekly issue, 2014). She’s currently starring in drama series Hero which is doing really well.

Keiko Kitagawa Tokyo Walker Magazine

Source: Walkerplus (Japanese)

Doraemon Figures in Roppongi

66 different life sized Doraemon figures, one of Japan’s favorite anime mascots, are currently on display in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills.

Doraemon figures Tokyo Roppongi Hills

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Fireworks Festivals in Tokyo

Summer season is also fireworks season in Japan. The first firework festival in Japan was held more than 200 years ago. These days many of the firework festivals are sponsored by corporates, and it happens almost daily in Tokyo when the season reaches its peak, usually around August.

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