After last year's silly withdrawal of the emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics following frivolous plagiarism claims, the organisers went back to the drawing board. Then they arranged a contest to come up with a new official emblem for the games, ideally based on a completely new idea. Today, the result was announced.
The winning entry is called the "harmonized chequered emblem" and was designed by Tokyo-based artist Asao Tokolo. It features an indigo blue mosaic, representing "unity in diversity" - different checkers coming together to make a whole. The Paralympic emblem uses a similar pattern.
In the period after the "plagiarised" emblem was withdrawn, the games reverted back to the old bid emblem.
"Chequered patterns have been popular in many countries around the world throughout history. In Japan, the chequered pattern became formally known as “ichimatsu moyo” in the Edo period (1603-1867), and this chequered design in the traditional Japanese colour of indigo blue expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.
Composed of three varieties of rectangular shapes, the design represents different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. It incorporates the message of “unity in diversity”. It also expresses that the Olympic and Paralympic Games seek to promote diversity as a platform to connect the world." - Tokyo 2020 (archive)
Three other emblem suggestions were shortlisted, and they are displayed below: