5 Days to go-Paralympic Torch Relay set to arrive in Tokyo
After touring through 43 of Japan’s 47 prefectures the Paralympic flame has begun its final journey to Tokyo Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games.
With the concept of “Share Your Light”, flames have been gathered during flame lighting festivals in towns and cities across Japan as excitement builds in anticipation for the Paralympic Games on 24 August.
The Paralympic Torch Relay now moves to Shizuoka, Chiba and Saitama, which will see flame lighting ceremonies held across the three prefectures while the torch flame will also visit municipalities across these areas.
After its journey through these three prefectures, the flames from 46 prefectures will be brought together in Tokyo, along with the Heritage flame from Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain, to light the official Paralympic Flame on 20 August.
From there the Paralympic flame will travel around the Japanese capital for four days before the Opening Ceremony takes place.
Here’s everything you need to know about its journey through the latest stage of the Paralympic Torch Relay.
Shizuoka is the first stop as the Paralympic Torch Relay makes its final journey to Tokyo. On 17 August, the prefecture, which is famous for being home to Mt.Fuji, will see the first torch relay of the day take place in Omaezaki City-Kikukawa City.
Maybe Mt.Fuji might even make an appearance.
The torch will then make its way to Hamamatsu City, where the Symbiotic Society Host Town initiative has been promoted for the Depart for Tokyo ceremony. A single flame to represent Shizuoka Prefecture will be lit from all the flame festivals and relays that took place.
The initiative has seen the city host a number of Brazilian Para athletes over the years in the lead up to the Paralympic Games while also holding various sports and cultural exchanges.