Home sweet home: Olympic Rings return to Tokyo Bay

Five Rings symbol reinstalled ahead of Tokyo Olympic year after three months of maintenance work.

By Shintaro Kano ·

The Olympic Rings returned to their place off the shores of Tokyo's Odaiba Marine Park on Tuesday (1 December) in time to welcome the new year - the year of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The floating Five Rings symbol had been under maintenance since August ahead of the Japanese typhoon season.

The symbol first arrived in Tokyo Bay back in January 2020, inaugurated to a fireworks-fueled ceremony, before the decision in March to postpone the Games to 2021 because of the coronvirus pandemic.

Organisers temporarily removed the 69-ton floating structure for a safety inspection and a paint job as it was originally only scheduled to be installed for eight months, until the Games were set to end in August.

The symbol, which will be lit in the evenings with the backdrop of the Rainbow Bridge, will remain on the waterfront until 8 August 2021, the day of the Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony.

The Rings will then be replaced by the Paralympic Symbol, the Three Agitos.

"A month from now, it will be a new year - the year of the Tokyo Olympics", the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's planning director Yanashimizu Atsushi told reporters.

"We hope the Symbol will help bring the public closer to the Games".

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Opening Ceremony takes place on 23 July 2021.

The Five Rings were reinstalled off Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo on Tuesday.