Tokyo Olympics Cauldron Returns Home after 61 Yrs

Society

Kawaguchi, Saitama Pref., Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Olympics cauldron used in the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games has been taken back to Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan, the place where local craftspeople put their hearts and souls into the metal-casting work to produce a symbol of the quadrennial sporting event.

While the original metal casters, Mannosuke Suzuki and his third son, Bungo, have already passed away, Mannosuke's fourth son, Akishige, 84, welcomed the brief return of the Olympics cauldron with deep feelings.

"This is my father's last work," Akishige said. "People in Kawaguchi worked together to create a treasure."

Previously placed at the now-demolished old National Stadium in Tokyo, the cauldron returned to Kawaguchi on Oct. 3, after a tour of locations in northeastern Japan that were hit hard by the 2011 powerful earthquake and tsunami, including the prefectures of Iwate and Fukushima. It will remain on display in Kawaguchi until around March 2020, before being set up at the new National Stadium, now under construction on the site of the old stadium for use during the Tokyo Summer Games in the same year.

The cauldron was originally produced for use at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo. The task did not pay well, with craftspeople asked to deliver a casting work of 2.1 meters in height and about 4 tons in weight in three weeks for 200,000 yen.

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