The torch is 71 centimetres long, and its design and colour recall the blossom of a cherry tree, an emblematic tree in Japan. This blossom has also inspired the shape of the torch, with its five cylinders. Flames are generated in each “petal” and are united in the centre of the torch. Each torch is made of a single seamless piece of aluminium. Around 30 per cent of the aluminium used is recycled waste from the temporary housing built in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The weight of the torch was calculated to ensure that every torchbearer can carry it easily. It also features a position mark to help visually impaired torchbearers identify the front of the torch.
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