The Tokyo Olympics Gets a New, Kabuki-Inspired Logo.
The Harmonized Checkered Emblem is based on the traditional “ichimatsu moyo” Japanese pattern.
A Kyoto actor, [Sanogawa] Ichimatsu first performed in Edo in 1741 where his use of an usual ishidatami (checkerboard) pattern in his obi and trousers led to a minor fashion craze in Edo, with the pattern ultimately being referred to as ichimatsu moyo. Famed for his beauty and his portrayal of young men's roles, Ichimatsu was a heartthrob idolized by men and women alike.
THE TOKYO 2020 Olympics new logo is a checkered ring designed by Asao Tokolo, a Japanese artist known for his geometric, black-and-white, almost Keith Haring-like works of art. The corresponding logo for the Paralympic Games uses the same checkered pattern, but it's arranged as an orb, rather than a wreath-shaped ring.
We saw Tokolo's design earlier this month, when the Tokyo Organizing Committee released four shortlisted logos chosen from the 14,599 designs submitted to an open competition, announced last fall. "Harmonized Chequered Emblem," as Tokolo's design is called, stood out a bit from the other three finalists. It eschewed bright colors and any suggestion of athleticism for a dark blue, traditional Japanese pattern that first became popular in the Edo period of Japan. According to Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll, the “ichimatsu moyo” checkered pattern first appeared in the Kabuki theater:
In its more modern iteration here, the “ichimatsu moyo” pattern is fairly mutable.
Tokolo created these two emblems by using different arrangements of just three shapes—one square and two differently sized rectangles—that can snap together to create curved graphics.
Moreover, The Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) is the most popular Manga in this moment! The main character is wearing ichimatsu green vest.
Lucky us !!
We have already ichimatsu ribbon since long ago ☺️! Shindo !!