Witness to the 1964 Olympic Torch Relay: How the Olympic Flame Brought Excitement and Hope to Asia

The 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games were the first Games to be held in Asia. As the Olympic flame made its way to Japan after being kindled in Greece, huge enthusiastic crowds welcomed its arrival across Asia on its journey spanning 12 countries and around 16,000 kilometres. 

During this online event, Kuno Akiko, a member of the Overseas Olympic Torch Relay Mission, who travelled with the flame for 10 days on its journey from India to Okinawa, discussed her memories of the summer of 1964 in conversation with Roy Tomizawa, author of 1964: The Greatest Year in the History of Japan – How the Tokyo Olympics Symbolized Japan’s Miraculous Rise from the Ashes.