Welcoming the Olympic Flame to Japan

Also: Tokyo 2020 mascots are off to Europe next week to promote Tokyo 2020’s “Make the Beat!” Cheering project.

(ATR) Tokyo 2020 organizers reveal details of the Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony.

Upon arrival at Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Matsushima Base in Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture, on March 20, the Olympic flame will be welcomed by children from the cities of Ishinomaki, Matsushima and Onagawa.

The ceremony will also include the "Blue-Impulse" aerobatic team tracing the five-ringed Olympic symbol in the sky with colored smoke trails, and the JASDF Central Band performing songs including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Background Music "Hope Lights Our Way".

The flame’s arrival in Japan comes eight days after the Flame Lighting Ceremony at Ancient Olympia in Greece on March 12. After a week-long torch relay through Greece, a Flame Handover ceremony will be held at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on March 19.

The flame then makes the journey to Japan aboard a special aircraft named "TOKYO 2020 Go".

The Japanese portion of the torch relay will begin on March 26 in Fukushima and wrap up at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo for the opening of the Games on July 24.

Tokyo 2020 Mascots Going on European Tour

Miraitowa and Someity are off to Europe next week to promote Tokyo 2020’s "Make the Beat!" Cheering project.

The Tokyo 2020 mascots will depart on Feb. 25 on the tour, which runs until March 31 with stops in Barcelona, Paris, Bonn, Athens, London and Lausanne.

At each stop, the mascots will participate in events and promotions to raise awareness and engagement with "Make the Beat!", a project designed to engage fans all over the world via social media through the introduction of the Tokyo 2020beat, a melodic rhythm that spectators can dance or clap along to.

Fans are being invited to post videos of their performances of the 2020beat to social media using the hashtag #2020beat. As of January 27, fans can post their #2020beat videos to TikTok, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

During the Tokyo 2020 Games, a selection of the submitted material will be displayed inside venues and at Live Sites. For more information, click here.

Written by Gerard Farek

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