*Part of the Games Motto statement has been modified (as of April 2021). Please note that the subtitles in the video quote the version of the statement before modification.
What is a Games Motto?
The Games Motto is a message that distills the Games vision into a few words, capturing the essence of the ideas and concepts that the Tokyo 2020 Games wish to share with the world.
In recent Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Games Motto has played an important role in decorating the competition venues and the city, as well as digital media.
The Motto encapsulates the Games Vision, capturing the essence of the ideas and concepts that the host city wishes to share with the world. “United by Emotion” expresses the hope that spectators, volunteers and athletes from over 200 National Olympic Committees and the Refugee Olympic Team gathering in Tokyo this summer, as well as the billions watching on television and online across the globe, will come together and understand that there is more that unites than divides them.
This Motto summarises the ideas and concepts that the host city of Tokyo wishes to share with the world.
While reflecting the essential values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Motto incorporates a specific and timely message embracing diversity, reflecting the 2020 zeitgeist in the urban environment of Tokyo.
Tokyo 2020 Games Motto Selection Panel
|Former ballerina / Actress||Tamiyo KUSAKARI|
|Vice Governor of Tokyo||Mitsuchika TARAO|
|Paralympian (Athletics)||Wakako TSUCHIDA|
|President, Konishi Decorative Arts & Crafts||David ATKINSON|
|Singer / Actor / Producer||Mari NATSUKI|
|Olympian (Swimming) / Sport Journalist||Takeshi MATSUDA|
|Olympian (Volleyball) / President, Japan Basketball Association (JBA)||Yuko MITSUYA|
|Director General (CEO), Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games||Toshiro MUTO|