The Games Emblem for the Tokyo 2025 Deaflympics is decided!
“Symbol” for the Deaf Sports Festival in November 2025.
The “Games Emblem” for the Tokyo 2025 Deaflympics.
On September 3, the emblem for the Tokyo 2025 Deaflympics was finally chosen from among three finalist designs created by students at Tsukuba University of Technology, the only national university for the hearing impaired in Japan!
The design decided by a vote of junior high and high school students in Tokyo is…
This is a work by Ibuki Tada, a fourth-year student in the Department of Synthetic Design, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Tsukuba University of Technology.
It represents a “hand”, which is a typical symbol of the Deaf community and people are expected to “touch” to competitions and topics through the Deaflympics.
The “touch” will lead to mutual exchanges and community connections like a “circle”.
The “flower” is a symbol of the future that will bloom as the circle expands.
The Deaflympics attract many people from all over the world. The four colors of the Deaflympics logo express diversity.
Tada-san says, “I don’t usually play sports, so the Deaflympics are a little far away from me.” This time, when the students of Tsukuba University of Technology were given the chance to create designs, she felt the desire to “contribute to the Deaflympics with designs that I am good at”.
In addition to how to express “unique to Japan” and “unique to the Deaflympics,” the emphasis was on design that would be “easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to write for children and adults alike, regardless of disability”.
The main theme of the design was based on the “circle” because she could feel connection and progress toward the Deaflympics through watching the daily activities of Deaf athletes and her classmates who are aiming to compete in the Deaflympics as athletes.
The Japanese flower “Sakura” is also used as a motif. The Games emblem was drawn with a single stroke of the brush, and the single line connects and forms a circle.
We will continue to color Tokyo, Japan, and the world with this emblem for two more years!
At the emblem design voting group work and presentation event, which was attended by Junior High and High School Students in Tokyo, including students from schools for the deaf, the event began with a talk show featuring Kosuke Nakano (track and field and marathon) and Ai Iwabuchi (soccer), both deaf athletes, who expressed their enthusiasm and expectations for the Deaflympics.
Then, a presentation of the thoughts that went into the designs from the creators of the final three proposals.
After receiving their thoughts, the participating junior high and high school students summarized their own ideas about the Deaflympics and, through group work, decided which one they would vote for.
In this way, a single emblem design was decided upon, but in the process, many people were also thinking about the Deaflympics. Perhaps it was a time to think about “what I can do” to break down some invisible barriers.
This emblem may be a catalyst for you to do something about it!
Let’s work together to create the Tokyo 2025 Deaflympics, which will be held two years from now!
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