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Feeling Olympic? Tokyo 2020 license plates ready - sadly for cars only

by Moto Japan

No hype in Japan can beat the Olympics. What the international contest brought to Japan historically is still reflected and celebrated in country's architecture, pride in sports and international relations. Olympics opened many doors and created new opportunities that would otherwise remain unimaginable. And the hype about the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics is in full swing.

2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games license plate design contest

The Transport Ministry of Japan held a design contest, choosing the a special edition license plate representation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The winner has finally been announced, and selected street-ready design is the following:

Winning license plate design will commemorate the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games on Tokyo streets starting this October.
Winning license plate design will commemorate the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games on Tokyo streets starting this October.

The artist behind the winning license plates, Naoto Uchida, is a 45 year old designer from Tokyo. His inspiration was the light that presents the hope for the future society that respects diversity; its colors portray the individuality and uniqueness of various people, regardless their race, gender, nationality and unique physical and character specifics.

Exclusivity reserved only for cars

Before you get overexcited (like we did), please note that the license plates will be available for cars only. Motorcycles are excluded from this premium offer, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that the Transport Ministry identifies value in offering those to bike riders of Japan shortly. It would be nice to ride Tokyo streets with sporty colors to the back of the bike.

Customize your car (or at least its license plate)

And if you have a car in Tokyo, you can apply for a new license on September 4th. The Ministry will roll out newly designed license plates to (an undisclosed number of) vehicle owners between October 10th and end of November. More info on the official memorial number plate website.

Kenzo Tange's Yoyogi National Gymnasium designed for the 1964 Summer Olympics
Kenzo Tange's Yoyogi National Gymnasium designed for the 1964 Summer Olympics

Sad to let it go...

We have to admit that we gave into the Olympic hype as well. Living in Asakusa, we often hang out with our older neighbors, enjoying their stories about the pomp and glamour of the neighborhood, which they experienced around the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Cause on our personal sides, we have separate enthusiasm about the next games:


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