The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has unveiled details of the Flame Festivals with 200 days to go until the beginning of the Paralympic Games on 25 August.
They will be held between 13-17 August 2020 in 43 of Japan’s 47 prefectures and from 18-21 August in the four prefectures co-hosting Paralympic events during the Paralympic Torch Relay.
Each Flame Festival will incorporate a lightning ceremony, a departure ceremony, visits of the Flame to local sightseeing spots and, in the case of the four prefectures hosting events, a torch relay.
Flame Festivals will be held in historic locations and local community spots such as the Peace Memorial Park in Okinawa, M-WAVE in Nagano and Yokohama’s famous red brick warehouse district.
The flames from each prefecture and a flame that will be lit at a Heritage Flame lightning event in Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain, the spiritual birthplace of the Paralympic Movement, will subsequently be brought together and become a single Paralympic Flame at a ceremony in Tokyo on 21 August.
The Flame will then tour the Japanese capital city in the climax of the Paralympic Torch Relay from 22-25 August.
More information on the venues where the Paralympic Flames will be lit and the local spots the Flames will visit is available on Tokyo 2020’s website.