Ai Shimamine and the Charms of Cherry Blossoms Wreath for 2020 Summer Olympics(Updated}
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Ai Shimamine is a concurrent fourth year student at Joshibi University of Art and Design who designed the 2020 Summer Olympic logo adjudged winner out of 38 entries which is a wreath made of Japan’s most celebrated flower Cherry Blossoms that integrates the Olympic colors of red, blue, yellow, green and purple, last of which prominently portrays icons of Japanese culture.
The Japanese people attached so much meanings and significance to the beauty and charm of the Cherry blossoms thus, the wreath signifies “eternity, happiness and a continuous unbroken cycle, while also symbolizing Japan's recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami”. Defining further the meaning of the wreath Japan Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said, "We believe the logo will play a major role in our bid," and "The logo will be appreciated by people in Japan and around the world”.
Tokyo is decisively promoting its 2020 bid to host the games as a symbol of Japan’s recovery from the earthquake and tsunami devastations that caused death or missing of 20,000 people on the northeast coast of Japan. When Tokyo will win the bid to host the games, some events like football will be host played in regions affected by the natural disasters and the nuclear power plants break-up and explosions.
The strong political will of Japan as indicated by its being the first of six applicant cities to unveil the logo for the world games will attract positive vibrations to prod International Olympic Committee to approve its bid to host 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Japan's bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics is not to "brag" nor expressive of "superiority" but, an expression of national will to survive from the ruins of natural and man made disasters. 2020 is barely nine (9} years from today, December 01, 2011 which is the lenght of time Japanese people have exacted to achieve a certain level of recovery.