Architecture is everywhere around us whether it’s housing, transportation, education or sports, etc,  without the incorporation of architecture and design we humans cannot function. An architect plays an important role in designing sports facilities that are much larger and complex compared to offices, houses, etc. Last year due to COVID-19 the International Olympic Committee faced a delay in conducting the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Olympic Games are witnessed by everyone around the globe, so to attract more attention the host country needs to design an enriching experience for both the athletes and the viewers, so this is where architects and designers step in, from mascot, posters, medals, podiums, etc everything is taken into consideration and how it represents the host country and the games. 

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Olympic Games Tokyo 2020_©The Japan Times

The Host: Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo had already proved to the world its ability when they hosted the 1964 XVIII Summer Olympics. These games hold a significant standing in the history of the Olympic Games, as they were the first games to be telecast internationally, marked the commencement of the first Japanese bullet train between Tokyo Station and the Shin-Osaka station, and the first games to use computer-aided equipment such as a touchpad, camera shots for finish lines, which helped Japan secure a place in the first world as a technological leader.

The sports event helped the techniques of the games upgrade and fast-paced the modernization process for Japan. As the host country, Japan initiated many projects that trademarked their progress and reemergence on the world stage after World War 2. These changes included enormous energy and expenses towards the city’s physical infrastructure- buildings, stadiums, transportation, etc., as they expected large numbers of tourists. 

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Sustainabilty Goals_©Tokyo 2020

This year the theme of the games surrounds sustainability from the beginning, whether it’s recycling materials to create podiums, medals or lowering smoke emission levels. The Olympic committee has set five theme of sustainability which are as follows: 

Climate Change: 

The aim is to reduce carbon footprints by the use of renewable energy and using existing structures for the events. 

Resource Management: 

The aim is to produce zero waste by reusing or recycling 99% of the waste. Recycling rainwater by utilizing it for watering the turf and landscape around the stadiums and villages. 

Natural environment and biodiversity

The Games will contribute to Tokyo’s idea of “city within nature/nature within the city.” This will be done by using public transport and fuel cell vehicles. 

Human rights, labor, and fair business practices

The Olympics committee plans to follow the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This is to promote accessible design for all the olympic and paralympic athletes. 

Involvement, cooperation, and communications

The committee wants the Games to be “open to everyone.” which means the whole world can participate in the games. This is done through the means of competitions, donating recyclable materials which will be used for the podiums, medals, clothes, etc.

The Olympic and Paralympic Village

As the Olympic games begin in the midst of an ongoing pandemic to have an easy and safe stay during the events, Tokyo has designed a sustainable village for the athletes. The country introduced the world to its Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic village design on 13 July 2020. The Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo will be the central hub for the sportsmen. Harumi is a land-filled island, used initially as an industrial area and later gained popularity as a residential zone in the 1990s.

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The Olympic and Paralympic Village- Harumi Waterfront District of Tokyo_©www.2020games.metro.tokyo.lg.jp

Olympic and Paralympic Village Fact File: 

Area: 44 hectares
Total Buildings: 21 each having 14 to 18 floors
Facilities available: Main dininghall, Multi-Function Complex (medical care, antidoping program, casual dining, recreation, and fitness), NOC/NPC Services Centre, Transport Mall, Harumi Port Park, Village Plaza, Internal Shuttle Bus
Satellite Villages: Olympic Sailing Village (Enoshima Yacht Harbor). Olympic Cycling Village (Izu Velodrome, Izu Mountain Bike Course).
Usage duration:
Olympic Games: July 13, 2021 – August 11, 2021.
Paralympic Games: August 17, 2021 – September 8, 2021.
Post games usage: New residential area for Japan

The village is divided into three sectors: the residential zone, operational or multifunctional zone, and the Village Plaza.

Residential Zone:

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Residential buildings and courtyard_©Tokyo 2020

The residential zone will be the central stay zone for all the athletes. This zone comprises of 21 buildings, each with 14 to 18 floors. There are 3,800 units, 18,000 beds for Olympic athletes, and 8,000 beds for Paralympic athletes. Each apartment has 3-4 rooms and a common space shared between 6-8 athletes. A single room measures approximately 9 metres, while a twin sharing room measures 12 meters or more. Each athlete is provided with a bed made of 100% recyclable cardboard, a Tokyo 2020 duvet that they can take as a souvenir, and a closet designed so that it can be easily functional for athletes using wheelchairs.

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A communal area inside a residential unit in the village_Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg_©www.bloomberg.com
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Twin bedroom setting_©timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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A bathroom inside a residential unit for athletes_©www.bloomberg.com

The corridors of the buildings are so wide that two wheelchairs can pass each other.

The buildings are designed to have bio-directional ventilation through doors and windows.

The main dining hall in the residential zone is functional 24×7, providing the athletes with healthy and nutritious food. The kitchen is designed to provide on average 45,000 meals a day. The hall is equipped with 2,100 seats for the Olympic athletes and 1,700 for Paralympic athletes. Every 15 to 20 minutes, the ventilation system will fully replenish the air within the hall. The hall will be under strict supervision for all COVID-19 related protocols, from sanitizers to only staff allowed to serve the food. 

To serve all the countries members as per their religion, culture, and traditions, the kitchen will offer 700 meal options. Each option will have a chart of components per serving for the athletes to understand their intake. 

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Dining hall_©www.bloomberg.com
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Athletes are given 30 minutes to eat their meals alone in seats that are sectioned off by clear acrylic boards_©www.bloomberg.com

Operational or Multi-purpose Zone:

The complex will share a central space for all relaxation, health care, recreational activities, and fitness facilities. The fitness zone located on the third floor comprises 600 pieces of equipment for aerobics and weight training. Saunas in changing rooms are also installed for Judokas and boxers in weight class competitions to lose weight. A physical therapy centre has also been developed for the athletes, which is in conjunction with the fitness centre. The centre has nine ice baths with water quality and temperature control. Two MRIs and X-Ray machines are also provided along with other health facilities like dentistry, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, and general clinical examinations. 

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Exercise equipment at the fitness center in the multi-function complex is separated by transparent screens._©www.bloomberg.com

As the world still faces the pandemic, Tokyo has introduced fever clinics that will only deal with athletes and volunteers showing symptoms of COVID-19. The facility is equipped with isolation rooms, the best medical equipment, and 24 hours on-site doctors. 

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Temporary Covid medical facilities are in a separate building within the village_©www.bloomberg.com
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Temporary Covid medical facilities are in a separate building within the village_©www.bloomberg.com

The operational centre also has a casual dining area where the athletes are introduced to the traditional cuisine of Japan. The athletes are offered only Japanese meals with a modern approach such as noodles, pancakes, rice bowls, etc.

Recreation centre: 

The centre will include a boccia projection mapping game, table tennis, massage chairs, AR filming booths, simulators, and more. For the first time in Olympic history, Tokyo has introduced a unique treatment programme for female athletes located in the recreational centre.

Apart from the listed facilities, the operational zone will also have help desks for athletes and volunteers to get information related to transportation, sports events, travel around Japan, etc.

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An augmented-reality photo spot at the complex’s recreation center_©www.bloomberg.com

Village Plaza:

The village plaza will also be a relaxing point for the athletes. The 5,300sq. mt., the building is constructed using 40,000 pieces of donated Japanese timber. Designed by Nikon Sekkizhar studio, the temporary structure houses facilities such as retail spaces, media centres, hair salons, medical spaces, lounges, etc. 

The building is designed from wood borrowed from the local government across the country to express diversity, harmony and promote sustainability. Each timber is marked with the area name it is sourced from. The lattice formation of the structure is left exposed and topped with a corrugated metal roof. 

After the Olympic Games end, the building will be dismantled, and the wood will be returned to the donating government and reused in the local construction projects. 

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The media center in the Village Plaza_©www.bloomberg.com

The Japan National Stadium

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The Japan National Stadium by Architect Kengo Kuma_©CNN

The Japan National Stadium, designed by world-famous architect Kengo Kuma, will be used for opening and closing ceremonies and will also host track and field events. The stadium will also be used during the opening and closing ceremonies of Tokyo 2020. It was completed in 2019 and was surrounded by some controversies. The New National Stadium is majorly constructed with the help of timber sourced from across Japan to reduce environmental impact. The design is inspired by the Hormuz-Jim and has air spaces to make the best use of the prevailing wind conditions to ventilate the stadium. To promote sustainability, the roof incorporates transparent solar panels, and rainwater is collected in underground cisterns, which is later used to water the turf and landscape areas. The stadium also promotes accessible design by housing more than 450 wheelchair-accessible spaces. 

The total capacity of the National Stadium is 68,000 but unfortunately due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be no spectators. Even though Zaha Hadid Architects had won the international competition to design the stadium, the design was dropped over the concerns of over budgeting and opposition from the Japanese architects who stated that the design is too large compared to the surroundings. 

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Aerial view of The Japan National Stadium by Architect Kengo Kuma_©CThe Japan Times

Design and Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Design plays an integral part in any event, and when it comes to the world’s most prestigious Games where the whole world unites to see athletes make history, the role of design needs to be both attractive and within the rules that the Games Committee sets. 

Mascot Design

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The mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Games_©Paralympic.org

The mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were selected through a competition launched by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. The Japanese artist Ryo Taniguchi won the competition amongst 2,042 candidates, and the world was introduced to Miraitowa- the official mascot for the 2020 Summer Olympics andSomeity- official mascot of 2020 Summer Paralympics. 

Miraitowa: The name is based on Japanese words for Future (Mirai) and Eternity (towa)

The figure’s design is inspired by the blue-checkered patterns in the official games logo. The design concept behind the mascot is to merge both old traditional and new innovations. According to the Tokyo 2020 organizers, the name “was chosen to promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world”. 

Someity: The name is similar to the English phrase “so mighty”. The name is also derived from someiyoshino, a type of cherry blossom. 

The figure pink- checkered design is inspired by the cherry blossoms, the famous trees of Japan. The character is defined as usually calm but very powerful when needed. 

Emblem Design

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Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic and Paralympic emblems designed by Asao Tokolo_©www.spoon-tamago.com 

Asao Tokoro designed the Tokyo 2020 logos. The design is called the Harmonized Chequered Emblem– in the Japanese context, the chequered pattern was known as “ichimatsu moyo”, and this design is in the traditional Japanese colour of indigo blue shows Japan’s polished beauty and sophistication. 

The three varieties of rectangular shapes represent different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. The motive behind the design is to promote diversity as a platform to connect the world.  

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Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic and Paralympic emblems designed by Asao Tokolo_©https://olympics.com/ioc/news/a-look-back-at-the-emblems-of-the-olympic 

Kinetic Sports Pictograms Design

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Kinetic sports pictograms to illustrate the olympic games_©www.designboom.com 

“I received a baton… to pass on to the next generation” says Tokyo 2020 pictograms designer Masaaki Hiromura

Following the Tokyo 2020 brand promise “Innovation from Harmony”, designer Masaaki Hiromura designed the pictograms to subtly communicate the characteristics and athleticism of each event while also aesthetically highlighting athletes’ dynamism. These designs will help enhance the event’s experience for both the athletes and spectators.  

The Olympics Games first introduced pictograms during the 1964 Tokyo Games to increase visual communication. To redesign these Tokyo 2020 kinetic sports pictograms dynamically, designer Masaaki Hiromura designed three movements: appear, static, and disappear. 

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A4825-Tokyo Olympics 2020- Architecture and Design_Colours used for the pictograms, Free-Type and Frame Type Design_©www.designboom.com

As some games use more than one pictogram, there are two sets of 50 designs- Free type and Frame type. The unframed Free-Type pictograms will be used on posters, tickets, and licensed items. In contrast, the Frame Type pictograms will be used on maps, signs at competition locations, guidebooks, and websites for more practical uses. These pictograms will mainly be in the blue colour of the Emblems and the traditional Japanese colours — Kurenai, ai, sakura, fuji, and matsuba. 

Link to the official video displaying the working of the pictograms: Olympic Kinetic Sport Pictograms

Product design

1. Olympic Torch and the Lantern by Tokujin Yoshioka 

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Tokujin Yoshioka with the Olympic Torch, Torch Relay Celebration Cauldron and the Lantern by Tokujin Yoshioka_©www.olympics.com 

The 28th torch is designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, a well-known Japanese designer whose work is inspired by nature and represents the Japanese concept of beauty. The Tokyo 2020 Torch is inspired by the cherry blossoms drawn by kids in the disaster-hit area, so the torch is shaped as the Sakura (cherry blossom), a well-known Japanese flower. It is made from a single piece of aluminium and cutting-edge technology used in the production of Japanese Bullet Trains. The design also ensures that the flame doesn’t go out during the typhoon season. The torch is created out of 30% aluminum debris found used in temporary housing units after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster that devastated Japan’s Tohoku region. The material of choice also signifies the celebration of life over disaster by helping victims heal and to celebrate the progress that has since the Tsunami. 

The sakura and gold torch is 710 mm in length and weighs 1.2kg and a total of 10,000 torches are made for Tokyo 2020 which will be carried by an estimate of 8,000 athletes starting from Olympia, Greece to Tokyo, Japan 

The Celebration Cauldron is used for ceremonial occasions, the special display of “Flame of Recovery” is portrayed on the opening and closing ceremony. The material used to make the Cauldron is recycled aluminium which is obtained from the construction site of the temporary housing units in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. 

The lantern is a device that transports the flame that has been ignited in Greece to the host country and transported by vehicle to the location where the torch relay is held. 

“The polyhedral shape of a cherry blossom reflects sunlight from different angles when the torchbearers are running with it,” said Yoshioka. “We hope that each torchbearer would shine with a sparkle in their hand, and the torch relay would be memorable for everyone,” says Tokujin Yoshioka. 

This year to promote sustainability Tokyo has replaced fossil fuels with hydrogen gas to power the relay torches, Torch Relay Celebration Cauldron, and lantern that holds the Olympic flame.

2. Vending Machines

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Vending Machine_©Reuters

Japan, a country with over 5 million vending machines, is the biggest user in the world. The tradition of using vending machines has been going on for more than 100 years in Japan. The Japanese government has placed these machines across the Olympics village for the athletes to have access to products related to food, clothing, gift items, etc. Each athlete has been provided with a vending machine badge for easy accessibility. 

3. Electric E-Palette vehicles by Toyota

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Electric E-Palette vehicles by Toyota_©Indian Autos Blog

The Japanese auto company, Toyota, redesigned their electric e-Palette vehicles depending on the needs of the 2020 Olympics, especially Paralympics athletes. The redesign includes the e-palettes running on a loop service, larger doors, lower floors, and electric ramps were added to the multi-purpose vehicle, allowing passengers – notably wheelchair users – to embark on a comfortable journey between the stadiums and village. 

The interiors of the e-Palette also have easy-to-use railings and seats for passengers of all heights and contrasting colours on components like the floor, seats, and trim to accommodate those who are colour-blind.

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Electric E-Palette vehicles by Toyota_©Dezeen

4. Beds by Airweave

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Beds by Airweave_©www.dezeen.com 

“The concept was to make a lightweight, easy-to-assemble mattress and meet the Games’ Sustainability Plan,” Airweave.

Athletes participating in Tokyo 2020 will be supplied with 100% recyclable cardboard beds and customizable mattresses created by Airweave. The company has manufactured 18,000 beds, out of which 8,000 will be reused for the Paralympics athletes. 

The mattress is made from polyethene fibres that the athletes can customize as per their body type. The mattress is divided into three sections- a supporting area for the head and shoulders, a supporting area for the waist, and one to support the legs, and four different firmness levels can be rearranged or flipped over to suit their body type. The company will also provide the duvets with the Tokyo 2020 branding, which the athletes can take back to their country as a souvenir. 

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Mattresses by Airweave_©www.dezeen.com 

5. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cauldron by Nendo 

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cauldron by Nendo_©Time Out

The world was introduced to the sun-like form of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cauldron designed by Nendo Studio, which opened to hold the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony. The design of the cauldron was based on the opening ceremony’s concept, “All gather under the sun, all are equal, and all receive energy”. 

The Cauldron is constructed from ten aluminium panels with reflective interiors. Each exterior sheet is made up of thick aluminium weighing approximately 40kg. The flame uses green hydrogen, which was produced at Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture facility through the process of water electrolysis using solar power, to promote the game’s theme- sustainability. As hydrogen has colourless and invisible flame so to make it visible yellow flame sodium carbonate was sprayed into the hydrogen. The flame is also for the first not burnt with the help of propane. 

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cauldron by Nendo_©nendo

6. Podiums by Asao Tokolo

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Podium Design by Asao Tokolo_©www.dezeen.com 

Japanese Artist Asao Tokoro designed the winning podiums for Tokyo 2020. The podium is made from 24.5 tonnes of discarded household plastics which was gathered from the Japanese public. To create all 98 3D-printed podiums used during the event, approximately 4,00,0000 laundry detergent bottles were used.  

Each podium is designed with small cube-shaped modules that are connected to form the traditional pedestals. All the podiums can be flattened into an accessible platform for the Paralympics athletes. 

According to Tokolo, infusing the 3D printing filament with pigments resulted in a more vibrant and intense colour than would have been possible through regular prints or paints.

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Podium Design by Asao Tokolo_©www.dezeen.com 

7. Olympics Medals by Junichi Kawanishi

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Olympics Medals by Junichi Kawanishi_©Kyodo News

The obverse medal design must incorporate the following features, according to International Olympic Committee regulations:

  • Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, in front of the Panathinaikos Stadium
  • The official name of the respective Games, in this case, Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020
  • The Olympic five rings symbol

The medals for Tokyo 2020 are designed by Junichi Kawanishi with the help of donated electronics such as old mobile phones and other e-waste, which was collected through the ‘Tokyo 2020 Medal Project’ conducted by the Tokyo Organising Committee. Approximately 5,000 reflective, ribbon-like rings around the edge of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals were created from the waste. 

The Japanese designer’s metal design was selected from more than 400 professional and student entries given for the competition hosted by Tokyo 2020 committee. The medals resemble rough stones which have been polished and shine with ‘light’ and ‘brilliance’ which are their overall themes. The medals collect and reflect different patterns of light, symbolizing the enthusiasm of the athletes and their supporters, while the brilliance of the medal signifies the warm glow of friendship, symbolizing people all over the world holding hands. The overall design also signifies diversity and honouring the hard work of the participants. 

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Olympics Medals by Junichi Kawanishi_©VLV-mag

The ribbon of the medal features a modern take on the traditional Japanese design motifs, “ichimatsu moyo” pattern, which is also seen in the Tokyo 2020 emblem, and the “Kasane no irome” layering technique used for kimonos. The ribbons are made of recycled polyester fibres, producing less CO2 during the manufacturing than other polyester materials. 

Medal Case Design by Shinya Yoshida

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Medal Case Design by Shinya Yoshida_©www.dezeen.com 

The medal cases are designed by Shinya Yoshida with the help of dyed Japanese Tamo ash wood from Hokkaido. These cases blend modern and traditional techniques that are handmade by the Japanese furniture manufacturer Yamagami Mokko. The indigo colour of the cases has clear visible grains of wood, with a depression at the bottom to store the medal’s ribbon. The lid of the case has four built-in magnets for easy closure and storage. The case also features a cut at the bottom which acts as a stand so the winners can display the medal without removing it from the case. 

“The cases themselves are a reflection of the dedicated craftsmen and the attention to detail that goes into each piece and, like the athletes who will receive the medals, each one is unique,” said the organizers.

Costumes and Medal Tray

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Olympics Medal Trays and Volunteer Costumes designed by Japanese fashion director Yamaguchi Sota_©www.olympics.com 

Designed by Japanese fashion director Yamaguchi Sota, the medal Trays are designed from recycled thermoplastic polymer inspired from a traditional Japanese fan motif. The trays are coloured indigo blue which harmonises with the podiums, logos and the costumes of the volunteers handing the medals. 

The costumes of the volunteers used in the victory ceremonies are also designed by Yamaguchi Sota. The costumes are a modern take on the traditional kimono production techniques including “kasane” (layering), “ori” (weaving), “musubi” (knots), and “so-me” (dyeing). For the volunteers to be able to withstand the hot and humid weather, the designer has incorporated cooling technology and also emphasized on the sustainability theme by using environmentally-friendly recycled fibres. 

8. Robots by Toyota

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Robot Design by Toyota_©global.toyota

Japan will be demonstrating the best technological advancement by using robots designed by Toyota; there will be four types of robots employed across the Olympics Games. 

“Robot technology will help deliver a safer and smoother Games and, while robots will be deployed only in specific roles during the Games, the project is expected to showcase their potential for wider application in everyday life,” said the organizers.

  •  HSR: Human Support Robot / DSR: Delivery Support Robot
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HSR: Human Support Robot / DSR: Delivery Support Robot by Toyota_©Toyota USA Newsroom

The robots will be employed to provide assistance to workers and attendees at the games. There will be 16 robots across the Tokyo Games where they will help the people with tasks such as carrying food and drinks, guiding people to seats, and providing information. They can also deliver food to the spectators in their seats that they have ordered through a dedicated tablet. 

  • FSR: Field Support Robot (Field Event Support Robot)
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FSR: Field Support Robot_©Technabob

These small robots are designed to assist the on-field staff by retrieving and carrying cumbersome objects like shot-puts and javelins thrown during various events. These robots will automatically follow the staff members to the locations of the tossed object and then carry it back to the stage. The idea of creating FSR was to reduce the time and human effects of running across the field time and time again. 

There are two types of FSR employed for the games- e-Palette EV and a classic Japanese Taxi-cab. 

  • Miraitowa and Someity: The Mascot Robots
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Miraitowa and Someity: The Mascot Robots_©www.architectureofthegames.net 

The robot mascots were introduced at Hoyonomori Elementary School to more than 600 students. The mascots demonstrated voice recognition, human-like movements, and facial expressions, and remote control features. Their main work will be to greet the athletes and spectators around the locations. 

  • T-TR1 (Remote location communication Robot)
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T-TR1 (Remote location communication Robot)_©www.architectureofthegames.net 

These robots are virtual mobility or telepresence robot that will help the user be physically present even though they are in a remote location. These are equipped with a camera on top and a large near-lifesize display. These robots are designed in response to the ongoing pandemic, due to which spectators can’t visit the events directly.

  • T-HR3 (Humanoid Robot)
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T-HR3 (Humanoid Robot)_©www.architectureofthegames.net 

Through the T-HR3 and Mascot robots, Toyota will give a unique approach for other visitors in remote/distant areas who are unable to physically contact athletes to communicate with them. These robot users will be able to experience the power of movement and force-feedback, allowing them to talk with and high-five athletes and others as if they were physically present, in addition to presenting pictures and noises from faraway areas.

9. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torchbearers Uniforms

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torchbearers Uniforms_©www.dezeen.com 

The Uniforms are designed by Daisuke Obana in collaboration with Coca-Cola. The unisex uniforms are designed from recycled plastic bottles that were collected by the soda giant, Coca-Cola, from across Japan. The uniforms are based on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay concept ‘Hope Lights Our Way’. 

The white apparels have a sash like design running diagonal from front to back to mimic a sash that is worn during Japanese sporting relays. The sash design also incorporates the checkered design which is seen on the Tokyo 2020 logo. 

“The design incorporates a diagonally-draped sash of the type used in place of batons in Ekiden, Japan’s famous long-distance relays,” said Obana.

“As well as introducing an element of Japanese tradition, the design embodies respect for the Olympic Torch Relay and aspirations for the success of the Games.”

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torchbearers Uniforms_©www.dezeen.com 

10. Official Tokyo 2020 Merchandise by BEAMS

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Official Tokyo 2020 Merchandise by BEAMS_©www.hypebeast.com 

The giant Japanese Clothing brand BEAMS released their official Tokyo 2020 merchandise ranging from apparel to accessories, which are colourful and created for everyday use. The collection includes oversized shirts, t-shirts, drawstring bags, and cotton tote bags with short and long straps. The official logo promoting “Unity in Diversity” is reinterpreted in two patterns of matching Hawaiian shirts, shorts, and bucket hats. The line also includes the traditional costume of Japan- the Kimono. The overall merchandise features a minimalistic look. 

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Official Tokyo 2020 Merchandise by BEAMS_©www.hypebeast.com 

Poster Design

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Official Art Posters Collection_©www.olympics.com 

Posters play an important role in capturing the audience with a message. The Organising Committees of the Olympic Games has been creating posters since the 20th century to promote and advertise the event. This year 12 posters are designed for the Olympics and 8 for the Paralympics that will be displayed across the city. These posters are prepared by artiest both from Japan and overseas. 

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Official Art Posters Collection_©www.olympics.com 

To view all the posters: Tokyo 2020 Official Poster Design 

To conclude, the Olympic Games are not only about sports but also consist of many small elements that are pre-planned for many years. Each country needs to follow these elements of design in order to host a successful sporting experience for the athletes and spectators. This year even though the games were delayed due to the ongoing pandemic, Japan has proved that they can be adept when it comes to adapt and adopt. The country not only portrayed examples of adaptation to the conditions by organising the games with all the safety precautions but also by incorporating the latest technologies such as robots. The future host of the Olympic Games can learn a lot from Japan about organising.

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