The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch and the Paralympic Games has been unveiled Wednesday, exactly one year before the torch was due to arrive in Japan from Greece.
The flame was designed in the form of cherry blossom or Sakura in Japan, which thrives every spring amid a great celebration, and the design contributed to children from areas badly hit by an earthquake that was followed tsunami in 2011.
Designer Tokugin Yoshiyuka said a visit to a primary school in Fukushima inspired him to make the five-petal Sakura petals for the five Olympic Games.
"I am deeply impressed by the strong expression of the cherry blossoms that children have painted in this region," Yoshiyuka said at a design unveiling ceremony in Tokyo, "trying to overcome the challenges and trying to move forward.
"I wanted to share it with the world."
The Tokyo Olympics will be reconstructed after the 2011 disaster and the torch relay will begin in Miyagi, another severely damaged area, on March 20 next year.
Details of the torch relay have yet to be revealed.
The 1.2-kilogram flame is made of aluminum, which was used to build temporary accommodation in the wake of the 2011 earthquake.