The start will take place at the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima. The particulars of the Relay, together with the route, the special pose that will be assumed by torchbearers when passing the flame, and samples of the licensed range being produced to memorialize it was also exposed.

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The fighting spirit the World Cup-winning team existing during the tournament enthused many of the people struggling in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which had struck the country previous that year. Their success was predictable by the deliberating of a National Honor Award on the whole team in August 2011.

 Only 30 years after the establishment of the first Japanese women’s football team in 1981, the national team had become world champions. In the following year, they won silver medals as runners-up at the Olympic Games London 2012 and reached the finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.

Tokyo Olympic will select the torchbearers for the main segment of the Olympic Torch Relay from a shortlist of applicants which will be submitted by four Tokyo Olympic Games Torch Relay Awarding Partners and one Prefectural Task Force.

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The nation’s most well-known and cherished sights for a period of 121 days, serving as a symbol of the Olympic Games and visiting 858 local cities along the way. The torch will be passed by torchbearers on most days where necessary it will be transported by boat, train or cable car between segments.

The Tokyo Olympic Games Torch Relay way will take in World Tradition Sites such as Mount Fuji and Itsukushima shrine and other historic locations and famous places, including preferred local community spots, with the attraction of each being showcased during the Relay.

The Relay will also take in zones that are ongoing to recover from natural disasters, such as the Tohoku region, which was struck by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Tokyo Olympic has created three stances that can be adopted by torchbearers during the “Torch Kiss” – the passing of the flame from one torchbearer to another.

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These goals to embody the Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay concept of “Hope Lights Our Way”. The stances have been labeled “2020”, “Connecting With Each Other” and “Hope Lights Our Way”. Torchbearers can select one of these or accept any other position that best reproduces their own feelings on the day.

Several items of licensed products bearing the Tokyo Olympic Games Torch Relay emblem and pictogram, as well as images of Olympic mascot Miraitowa. These will be offered via the Tokyo Olympic online store and at official outlets across Japan.

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