With less than 500 days to go until the 2020 Summer Olympics, the Olympic cauldron from the 1964 Tokyo Games will be returned to the new national stadium in Tokyo from its temporary home in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture in May. 

The city of Ishinomaki is located in the northeastern region of Japan that suffered tremendous damages from the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami back in 2011. One of the aims of the 2020 Olympics is to present Japan’s recovery from the massive disaster to the international community, and the historic cauldron was being displayed in the city as a symbol of the region’s resilience. 

A ceremony commemorating the return of the iconic Olympic cauldron to its forever home at the newly built national stadium in Tokyo will be held on Sunday (March 24). J-pop superstars Yuzu will be present at the event to witness the warm send-off by locals involving volunteers giving the cauldron a good polishing and a final light-up in Ishinomaki. 

Japanese folk-pop duo Yuzu has announced a domestic dome tour kicking off in May featuring just the two of them on guitars, a first-ever endeavor in the history of Japanese pop music. 

Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: Courtesy Photo