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October 7, 2022
Bureau of Citizens, Culture and Sports
Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Tokyo 2020 Games One Year Anniversary -TOKYO FORWARD-
The Olympic and Paralympic Cauldron will return to Ariake again


(Ref.) Ariake Cauldron during the Games time

We are pleased to inform you that on Saturday October 15, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) will hold a ceremony to unveil the reinstallation of the Games time cauldron, which was installed on the Ariake side of the Yume-no-Ohashi Bridge during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, in Symbol Promenade Park (next to Stone and Light Plaza). The online streaming of the ceremony will be available on the day.

1. Ceremony

Date/Time

Saturday October 15 2022, from 18:00 to 18:40 (planned)

Location

Symbol Promenade Park (next to Stone and Light Plaza), Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo

How to Watch

Online streaming


Special Website

  • Because you will be unable to see the cauldron even if you come to the reinstallation site, please see it online.
  • The event may be canceled or significantly changed in case of rain or stormy weather.

Organizer

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Time Schedule

  • 18:00
    Introduction of the attendees
  • 18:03
    Greetings from Governor Koike
  • 18:15
    NHK 2020 cheering song "Paprika" dance by children, athletes, and Tokyo 2020 Mascots (Miraitowa and Someity)

  • 18:30
    Cauldron lighting video performance using a mist screen projection
    The cauldron will not be actually lit due to the lack of a combustion device. Depending on the weather conditions, an alternative performance may be used instead of using the mist screen.
  • 18:40
    End of online streaming

2. Guests


Seryu Monika
Competed in Para Canoe at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics


Yoshida Saori
Competed in Wrestling at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016 Olympics


Negi Shinji
Competed in Wheelchair Basketball at Sydney 2000 Paralympics

3. Cauldron Installation Site

Symbol Promenade Park (next to Stone and Light Plaza) 3-7 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Available to general public from Sunday October 16, the day after the ceremony. Please note that the cauldron is not available to general public on the day of the ceremony Saturday October 15.

Ariake Cauldron 

Display period

Following the lighting of a ceremonial cauldron with flame at the opening ceremonies in the Olympic Stadium, the flame was transferred to a Games time cauldron located at the Ariake Yume-no-Ohashi Bridge during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Games time cauldron in Ariake was the first cauldron in the history of the Games to be fueled by hydrogen, like the cauldron at Olympic Stadium. The cauldron was kept alight with flame at the Tokyo waterfront area until it was returned to the closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Designer

SATO OKI
Representative of his design office. Youngest person to ever win Italy’s Designer of the Year award. Has also received numerous awards and accolades, mainly in Europe. His major works are stored in the collections of global art museums such as MoMA (USA), Centre Pompidou (France), and V&A (UK). Currently working on the design for TGV high-speed train in France, planned for use in the Paris 2024 Games.

Design concept

Using the sun as a motif, the sphere opens like a flower to represent vitality and hope, symbolically visualising the start of the Tokyo 2020 Games with a sacred image.

The first hydrogen powered cauldron in Games history

The Tokyo 2020 Games has a focus on sustainability, and for this reason hydrogen was used for the cauldrons for the first time in Games history.
In addition to using hydrogen as the fuel for both the Olympic and Paralympic torches used in the relay and the cauldrons, fuel cells which produce power using hydrogen chemical reactions were also used for power in some of the facilities in the Olympic and Paralympic Village. There were also other hydrogen energy applications being utilised such as hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles for Games use.
Hydrogen is a clean energy which produces no CO2, so it is expected to contribute to mitigating global warming.
It can also be produced from a variety of resources such as water, natural gas, and biomass. In addition, hydrogen produced using renewable energy such as wind and solar power can be used to store large amounts of energy for long periods of time, which could be of great benefit for the large-scale introduction of renewable energy.
In Tokyo, the Tokyo 2020 Games have presented an opportunity for dissemination and promotion of hydrogen stations, fuel cell automobiles and buses, and stationary fuel cells, further accelerating the utilisation of CO2-free hydrogen from renewable energy sources.

*Please click here for the original Japanese press release.

Inquiries (Assistance in Japanese only)

Sports Legacy Utilization Section
Comprehensive Sports Promotion Division
BUREAU OF CITIZENS, CULTURE AND SPORTS
Phone: 03-5388-2876

 

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