Designing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Tickets

Tokyo 2020 Olympic tickets
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Sports enthusiasts have long awaited the upcoming edition of the Olympic Games, which will be held in Japan later this year. Fans are preparing themselves for the best edition of the Games yet, whether it’s by playing sports themed online casino games, learning more about the athletes taking place or by watching past events, and organisers are rushing to ensure that every detail is perfect before the international tournament begins.

Now, the Tokyo 2020 committee has at long last revealed the designs of the tickets for the upcoming Olympic Games. Each of the new tickets features a unique sports pictogram that corresponds with the discipline to which it pertains, keeping in line with Olympic traditions.

The tickets also each boast a pictogram of the Japanese venue where the games will be held, alongside the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem. Each ticket is also colour coded according to its venue and the city that will be hosting the specified ticketed event, making it easy for visitors to find their way around.

More About the Ticket Designers

The selected ticket design is the culmination of a careful selection process. A total of 59 ticket designs were submitted across all competition events, allowing numerous designers a chance to cement their names and their talents in history.

The ticket designs submitted all strived to highlight Japan’s unique culture heritage, both in terms of sport and when it comes to the pride of its people. Designers used quintessentially Japanese themes, images and colour schemes to come up with ticket designs that best represented the region and its most beloved attractions.

Why the Design was Chosen

This event’s ticket design was inspired by the ‘Look of the Games’ – the visual identity of Tokyo’s Olympic Games advertisements. The tickets are inspired by the rectangular shapes that form the Tokyo 2020 emblem, and also mirror the Japanese concept of kasane no irome. This refers to a special colour scheme used in the creation of kimonos during the Heian Period from 794 to 1185 AD. Having been classically used in the designing of costumes for large celebrations, this colour scheme reflects the natural colours that culturally represent each one of Japan’s four seasons.

The tickets also boast official Tokyo 2020 sports pictograms, where were created to subtly portray the characteristics and dynamism of each featured sport and the top athletes leading them. Olympic sports pictograms were first introduced at the Olympic Games in Tokyo back in 1964, making them a valuable tradition for the iconic event. Pictograms have been created for every single edition of the Games since then, and these ones have been set against geometrical backgrounds that also serve as a nod to Tokyo’s official emblem for the event.

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
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Colour and Symbolism

Colour was an important consideration for the designers who created this year’s tickets. The designs of the tickets use four colours that the people of Japan have held dear for centuries: red, blue, purple and green. Kurenai (red) has been used in Japanese celebrations for aeons, and also symbolises the nation itself. Ai (blue) also represents Japan and the Tokyo 2020 emblem.

Fuji (purple) reflects the hue of Japanese wisteria; a plant that has long been associated positively with the region. Last but not least is Matsuba (green), another colour that is commonly used in celebratory events.

When the Tickets Will Be Available

According to the event’s organisers, delivery of the Tokyo 2020 tickets will kick off this coming May. Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya has noted in a recent statement that the association is very proud of the tickets’ designs as they embody traditional Japanese culture and skills.

He added that the tickets will not only be a door-opener to venues, but will also act as valuable memorabilia that attendees can cherish long after the Games are over. Be sure to hold onto yours if you purchase one, as it could prove to be a valuable collector’s item in the future!

How Much You Can Expect to Pay

Every approved ticket retailer will set their own ticket pricing. In Japan, half of the tickets on sale have been priced at JPY8,000 or less – around US$70 per event. The cheapest tickets currently cost roughly JPY2,500 or US$23. Special tickets priced at just JPY2,020 have also been released to celebrate the new decade and the year of the upcoming Games