LIXIL is looking for real-life heroes
with omoiyari and omotenashi
to serve as
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torchbearers.
Tell us about
what you’re doing for others
and your hopes for the future.
Tell us about someone
who takes action for the good of others
or who makes others happy.
Through the Paralympic Torch Relay,
we wish to see the light of
many real-life heroes will shine and touch the world.
Torchbearers
in the Paralympic Torch Relay
will carry the torch in groups of three.
Our hope is that this will spark new connections
and create greater harmony.
Calling all heroes!
Come run
bearing the sakura torch!

Call for Paralympic Torch Relay Torchbearers

Paralympic Torch Relay Torchbearers
selection / event schedule

  • Nov.
    2019
    Release of application guidelines
  • Nov.
    27,
    2019
    Feb.
    29
    2020
    Call for Torch Relay Torchbearers
  • May.
    2020
    onward
    Announcement of selection results
  • Aug.
    18,
    2020
    Start of Torch Relay

Torch Relay Dates / Locations

  • Aug. 18,
    2020
    Tue.
    Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Aug. 19,
    2020
    Wed.
    Chiba Prefecture
  • Aug. 20,
    2020
    Thu.
    Saitama Prefecture
  • Aug. 21,
    2020
    Fri.
    Aug. 25,
    2020
    Tue.
    Tokyo
  • Aug.
    25,
    2020
    Paralympic Opening Ceremony
  • Sep.
    6,
    2020
    Paralympic Closing Ceremony

Torch Relay Dates / Locations

  • Aug. 18,
    2020
    Tue.
    Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Aug. 19,
    2020
    Wed.
    Chiba Prefecture
  • Aug. 20,
    2020
    Thu.
    Saitama Prefecture
  • Aug. 21,
    2020
    Fri.
    Aug. 25,
    2020
    Tue.
    Tokyo

Basic Application Criteria

  1. Persons born on or prior to April 1, 2008

  2. Persons of any nationality and gender.

  3. Persons who are able to voluntarily and safely carry the Paralympic Torch
    (assistance in the form of support staff may be allowed to)

  4. How to apply

    Nominating someone else (those who wish to recommend someone else as a Torchbearers)
    Please describe or share anecdotes about the activities you are involved in to spread omoiyari and omotenashi with the goal of creating an inclusive future for all. In addition, please share your thoughts about the future.
    Nominating someone else (those who wish to recommend someone else as a Torchbearers)
    Please give some anecdotes that describe a hero-like person close to you who engages in action on behalf of others, and consistently provides dreams and hope for those around them, whom you would like to nominate.

I want to become a hero, and shine a light into the future.

Please describe the initiatives
that you are involved with related to
Omoiyari (thoughtfulness toward others)
and Omotenashi (hospitality),
as well as your thoughts
about the future in this regard.
Come share your light
through the Torch Relay!

Application period:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
until 11:59 PM on Friday, February 29, 2020

I want to help share the light of a real-life hero who is close to me.

Please introduce someone close to you
who always acts for the good of
others,
and who brings joy to people.
Share the light of these heroes
into the future.

Application period:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
until 11:59 PM on Friday, February 22, 2020

What is the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay?

「Share Your Light /
あなたは、きっと、誰かの光だ。」

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay, whose concept is Share Your Light, aims to amplify the excitement and celebration around the approaching Paralympic Games.
This is a simple expression of the desire to take the light that shines from new encounters, and use it toward illuminating a society of harmony and connection. It is also a way for the Paralympic Torch Relay to encourage interactions and encounters among a diversity of lights (people) who bring hope and support to others in their communities. This will, in turn, brighten a society of inclusiveness.

Runners will participate in groups of three.

Together, they represent a society wherein individual differences such as age, gender, nationality, and impairment are overcome, and where others’ values and individuality are respected. In order to utilize the year 2020 as an opportunity to create an inclusive society, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay hopes this will be an occasion to consider the creation of new partnerships between individuals and society, as well as between individuals themselves.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay will take place in groups of three runners. In principle, each relay team will be comprised of people who have never before met one another. It is our hope that these new connections, formed through the Paralympic Torch Relay, will encourage new realizations that will in turn lead toward an inclusive society.

About the torch

The torch that will be used in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay will utilize the motif of a sakura (cherry blossom), which is a particularly special flower for the people of Japan.

LIXIL is overseeing the manufacturing of materials for the Paralympic Torch, for which items have been recycled including windows formerly utilized in temporary housing units following the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Beautiful, ongoing flame

The shape of the sacred flame has also been carefully designed. Five flames emerging from the flower petals come together as one in the torch’s center, lighting the way toward a “path of hope” with its expanded luminescence. In order to keep the sacred flame continuously burning, the section that ignites it is structured to encompass two fires that support the divine red fire: a blue flame with strong heat, and a low flame (catalytic combustion). With Japan experiencing strong environmental fluctuations in terms of various times/seasons, climates and regions, this will ensure a consistently beautiful, strong flame.

Everyone’s torch

The weight and grip of the torch have also been considered, allowing anyone to easily handle it regardless of age or gender.

Fusion of traditional and modern techniques

The sakura (cherry) crest, emblematic of Japan itself, is a traditional shape that has also been featured in the technique of aluminum extrusion molding used to manufacture the shinkansen (bullet train). The torch is completely seamless, with no joints. The creation of this shape symbolizing the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch was made possible through a fusion of Japan’s traditions and technical prowess.

Consideration for recovery and sustainability

A portion of the materials used for the torch are recycled architectural aluminum from the temporary housing units used for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.* These units, which protected peoples’ lives, have been transformed into the torch―a symbol of peace―in order to convey to the world the fact that recovery in disaster areas is taking place one step at a time.

* 30% of the aluminum utilized in the Paralympic Torch is recycled.