TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC MEDALS
“We hope that our project to recycle small consumer electronics and our efforts to contribute to an environmentally friendly and sustainable society will become a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games,” Tokyo 2020 said.
The medals symbolize the energy of athletes, as well as the diversity of the games, Tokyo 2020 said, while their brilliant “signifies the warm glow of friendship.”
The design of the medals also represents Japanese culture, with the ribbon showing off modernized ichimatsu moyo (checkered patterns) and kasane no irome (kimono layering techniques). The Tokyo 2020 colors are added to the ribbon through more co2-friendly chemically-recycled polyester fibers.
The medal cases are being created by Japanese craftworkers “with a blend of traditional and modern techniques.”
In another effort to infuse its culture into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japanese artists are also re-creating flags of countries participating in the event as anime characters, though the project is not officially affiliated with the games.