2020 Summer Olympics cauldron

The 2020 Summer Olympics cauldron was made for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. In fact, there were two cauldrons, one was scenographic inside the Olympic Stadium that was inside the Olympic stadium and was used only at the (opening and closing ceremony only) and the true,which is located on Tokyo's new waterfront on Ariake West Canal, which was lit after the Opening Ceremony and remained alight throughout the Games.[1][2] The cauldron was designed by Canadian-Japanese designer Oki Sato, who attended Waseda University, the same university as Yoshinori Sakai, the cauldron-lighter in 1964.[3] The steps to reach the cauldron, symbolising Mount Fuji, were "designed to evoke the image of a blooming sakura flower."[4]

2020 Summer Olympics Cauldron
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2020 Summer Olympics Cauldron during fireworks
ArtistOki Sato
Year2020 (2020)
LocationTokyo, Japan
Coordinates35°40′N 139°49′E / 35.667°N 139.817°E / 35.667; 139.817Coordinates: 35°40′N 139°49′E / 35.667°N 139.817°E / 35.667; 139.817

Designed by Nendo founder Oki Sato, the white cauldron evokes the opening ceremony's concept of "All gather under the sun, all are equal, and all receive energy". The panels opened to reveal the Olympic torch, at the ending of the opening ceremony, and was lit by Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka. "At the end of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the cauldron 'blooms' to welcome the final torchbearer," said Nendo. "This expresses not only the sun itself, but also the energy and vitality that can be obtained from it, such as plants sprouting, flowers blooming, and hands opening wide toward the sky."[5]

The cauldron's flame was the first at the Olympics to burn hydrogen as a fuel. The hydrogen was produced via the electrolysis of water using solar power produced at a plant in the Fukushima Prefecture. Hydrogen produced by this process is known as green hydrogen. The hydrogen burns with an invisible, colourless flame unlike propane, which has is traditionally used as a fuel in previous Olympic flames. In order to create a yellow and visible flame, sodium carbonate is sprayed. "[We] adjusted the movement and shape of the flame to shimmer like firewood was stoked; such an attempt to 'design flames' was unprecedented." said Nendo firm.

After the 2020 Summer Olympics,the true waterfront cauldron has remained in place as a reminder of the Games, as in 2016.[6]

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  1. ^ Guimarães, Saulo Pereira (Aug 11, 2016). "A Star Is Born: Olympic cauldron becomes downtown Rio's latest must-see attraction". My Expats World. Retrieved 24 Oct 2017.
  2. ^ "The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cauldron is now on display in Ariake".
  3. ^ Barker, Philip (15 July 2021). ""Moving Forward" to be theme of all Tokyo 2020 Opening and Closing Ceremonies". Inside the Games. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  4. ^ Steen, Emma (2021-07-24). "Explained: the Japanese symbolism you missed at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony". Time Out. ISSN 0049-3910. Archived from the original on 2021-07-24. Retrieved 2021-07-24.
  5. ^ "Nendo creates spherical Olympic cauldron with hydrogen flame". 26 July 2021.
  6. ^ Scruggs, Greg (Aug 9, 2016). "Orcas Island artist steals the show at Rio Olympics opening". The Seattle Globalist. Seattle, USA. Retrieved 24 Oct 2017.

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