Design for Tokyo Olympics 2020 Torch Released

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Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has revealed new details of the torch that will be used at the Tokyo Olympics. The head of the 71cm rose gold torch resembles the sakura flower—the national flower of Japan. The torch has been designed using aluminium from construction waste gathered from temporary housing units used during the Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011. The designer worked with children living in the affected areas to start the process of drawing cherry blossoms, which ultimately gave rise to the idea for the torch’s simple shape. The torch has been designed in a polyhedral shape to reflect sunlight from different angles.