Tokyo 2020 medallists’ bouquets are more than decorated bunch of flowers

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The customary bouquets to be handed over to the champion athletes along with their medals are much more than a decorated bunch of flowers. The bright and vibrant assembly of flowers is also a way of supporting the people affected the 2011 earthquake and expressing gratitude “to the people of the world for their cooperation and kindness in the aftermath of the earthquake”.

Tokyo 2020 has revealed the designs of the flower bouquets that will be presented to the medallists at the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year. The bouquets will be prepared with the eustoma, sunflower, gentian, narcolan and hara flowers grown in the areas devastated by the great east Japan earthquake.

The Nippon Flower Council, a body that incorporates flower producers, distributors, retailers and traditional ikebana flower-arrangement designers in Japan, has proposed the designs for the bouquets, 5,000 of which will be prepared for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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Nippon Flower Council Chairman Nobuo Isomura commented: “Creating these bouquets using flowers grown mostly in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake will help convey our gratitude to the people of the world for their cooperation and kindness in the aftermath of the earthquake. It will also help encourage those in the affected areas. We will work with the flower industry to ensure we are ready for the delivery of bouquets at the medal ceremonies every day throughout the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

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Tokyo 2020 COO Yukihiko Nunomura added: “The design of the bouquets incorporates bright and cheerful colors; I think they are gorgeous bouquets that will help share the athletes’ moments of triumph with people around the world. In addition, I believe these bouquets will be a symbol of the progress of the reconstruction of the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and will bring color to the Tokyo 2020 medal ceremonies.”

The bouquets will consist of bright and vibrant colors that will appeal to a global audience. Special-edition versions of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots, Miraitowa and Someity, will be attached to the bouquets.

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