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Thursday, February 06, 2020
Paralympic Torch Relay Update

Tokyo 2020 organizers have announced details of the "flame festivals" which will be held alongside the Paralympic Torch Relay.

A festival will be held in all 47 of Japan's prefectures, with the Relay running from August 13th to 25th.

At each event, a flame will be lit as part of a lightning ceremony and taken to local sightseeing spots.

In the four prefectures where Paralympic events will be held – Tokyo, Shizuoka, Chiba and Saitama – a Relay will also take place.

Departure ceremonies will be held for each flame which will all be brought together into a single flame in Tokyo on August 21.

They will be joined by a "heritage flame" which will be lit in Stoke Mandeville in Britain, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.

The single flame will then tour Tokyo in the build-up to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony on August 25.

Festivals will be held in "historic" locations, Tokyo 2020 said.

This includes Okinawa's Peace Memorial Park and the M-WAVE in Nagano, a venue at the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Yokohama's red brick warehouse district will be another venue, as will the Awa Odori summer festival in Tokushima.

Each prefecture will light its flame in its own unique way and a diverse range of people will take part.
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