The design of the 2020 Olympic medal was made from waste

Organizing Committee 2020 Olympic in Tokyo (Japan) has announced the design of the medal awarded to athletes at the largest sporting event on the planet recycled from waste on the occasion of marking 1 year before the opening day.

According to the organizers, the Olympic and Paralympic 2020 medals will be made from recycled metal from electronic waste, with designs from the idea of ​​”the rough stones cut to shine”. Accordingly, the gold, silver and bronze medals all have a wavy outer border like a butter biscuit surface, surrounding the smooth, shiny middle section.

“Medals capture and emit countless light effects, symbolizing the energy of the athletes and their supporters”, AFP quoted the organizers as saying.

Medals for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were announced at the ceremony marking exactly one year before the opening of the event. On the occasion of attending the ceremony, Chairman of the World Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach praised the readiness of the Japanese capital.

The design of the medal set for the Olympic and Parlympic 2020 has been selected from more than 400 designs by professional designers and design students. AFP quoted designer Junichi Kawanishi said: “I never dared to dream that the design I submitted just to commemorate this memorable event was chosen. I hope that the medals will serve as a reward for the athletes’ efforts, reflect their glory, and symbolize friendship”.

Ryohei Miyata, who chaired Kawanishi’s design selection committee, said the special medals showed the Japanese metal casting techniques to the world. These medals will be combined with ribbons made from traditional Japanese materials along with the sunken motifs symbolizing the layering technique of the kimono.

According to the organizers, the medals weigh from 450 to 556g/unit, molded from metal obtained from old cell phones and electronic devices that Japanese people have contributed to help in the environmentally friendly Tokyo 2020 campaign.

Djokovic won the Japan Open for the first time

The world No. 1 player Novak Djokovic defeated Australian rival John Millman 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the 2019 Japan Open tournament on 6-10 to be crowned the first time in Tokyo.

Just recovering the shoulder injury that was acquired in the fourth round of the US Open 2019, the world’s No. 1 player Novak Djokovic (Serbia) proved strong to crown the Japan Open in the first time participating in the tournament. This is equal to the victory over John Millman (Australia, ranked 80 TG), after 2 games with the score 6/3 and 6-2 in the final held on 6/10.

This is the final where Djokovic has no difficulty and completely outperformed his opponent. With 3 goals of breaking the ball of Millman, the number 1 player in the world had an easy victory after 1 hour 9 games to get the 76th ATP title in his career. This is also the 10th championship of Serbian tennis players in the tournament debut.

Speaking after the victory, Djokovic said: “This is a wonderful week in every sense. The Japanese people greeted me both on and off the field. They make me feel like I’m at home. I didn’t lose a game and I played well with my strong serves, I’m completely satisfied with myself”.

The ATP 500 title in the 2019 Japan Open Championship helped Djokovic gain an additional 500 ATP points in the rankings with a bonus of $ 391,430. Meanwhile, runner-up Millman got an additional 300 ATP points and $ 196,590 bonus. After the tournament in Tokyo, both players will move to China to attend the Shanghai Masters, which takes place from October 6-13.

Djokovic currently has 46 wins this season, equal to Federer’s achievement and two players ranked third, respectively behind Rafael Nadal (48 matches) and Daniil Medvedev topped with 54 wins. However, at the Shanghai Masters it is likely that Djokovic will overcome this victory by Nadal because the Spaniard has asked to withdraw at the last minute due to a hand injury.

5 basic knowledge to know about Japan

Japan is not only famous for cherry blossoms, Mount Fuji but also the cradle of a unique and diverse culture with friendly, hospitable people and advanced science.

Geographic location, area, and terrain

Japan is located in the East of Asia, the West of the Pacific Ocean. Japan consists of 4 main islands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushuy and Shikoku, many island ranges and about 3,900 small islands. Honshu occupies over 60% of the area. The neighboring countries and territories in the waters of Japan are Russia, North Korea, and South Korea; in the East China Sea are China and Taiwan; further south are the Philippines and the Northern Mariana Islands.

The total area of ​​Japan is 377,815 km², ranking 60th in the world in terms of area and occupying less than 0.3% of the total land area of ​​the world …

Climate characteristics

The Japanese islands are located in a temperate climate. In most parts of Japan, there are four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and humid, beginning around mid-July; Spring and Autumn are the most pleasant seasons of the year. Because of the heavy rain and mild climate, throughout the Japanese archipelago, there are fertile forests and lush greenery. As an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, Japan also suffers from frequent natural disasters such as typhoons, tsunamis and earthquakes. However, with the development of a warning system, Japanese geologists and climate researchers were able to predict and measure bad weather situations to a certain extent to alert people.

Japanese economy

Japan is a very resource-poor country except for wood and seafood, while its population is overcrowded, most of which is imported. However, thanks to the Meiji Restoration and the occupation of a number of colonies, by the Second World War, the size of Japan’s economy had reached the level of European powers. In 1940, Japan’s total economic output (GDP) (converted into USD 1990 prices) reached 192 billion USD, compared to the UK with 316 billion USD, France with 164 billion USD, Italy with 147 billion USD, Germany is 387 billion USD, Soviet Union is 417 billion USD.


By July 2010, Japan’s population now reaches nearly 127 million, ranking 10th in the world.

The Japanese population is unevenly distributed throughout the country. The population is most concentrated in the Pacific Rim. There are several reasons why the population density in Japan is so different. Only 15% of land is suitable for construction, so residential areas are confined to relatively small areas. Agricultural land is also lacking, so farming is concentrated in some coastal plains. In addition, climate is an important factor affecting population distribution, as the East and the South are warm and suitable for settlement. These regions are also convenient for trade relations with other countries in the Pacific region and so are also famous industrial areas.

The earthquake shook Tokyo and surrounding provinces during the typhoon Hagibis

On the evening of October 12, an earthquake of magnitude 5.7 (on the 7-magnitude scale of Japan) rocked Tokyo and its surrounding provinces.

The earthquake occurred while Typhoon Hagibis was making landfall in the area, raising concerns about the risk of a double disaster.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the quake struck at 6:22 pm (local time) on October 12 (local time) at a depth of about 80km, with the epicenter at 34.7 North latitude and 140,7 East longitude off the coast of Chiba Prefecture. The earthquake rocked Tokyo and central Japan.

The magnitude of the earthquake measured in the Nambu area of ​​Chiba Prefecture was 4 degrees, in the Hokutobu and Hokuseibu areas of Chiba Prefecture, Nijusan District of Tokyo, Miyakejima Island and some areas of Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures is 3 degrees. So far, no tsunami warnings have been issued.

A few hours earlier, the JMA issued an emergency disaster alert at level 5 – the highest on the country’s five-level warning scale – after recording a record rainfall due to typhoon No.19, named referred to internationally as the Hagibis, caused. This is an unprecedented level of warning in Japan for decades.

Typhoon Hagibis is expected to cause serious impact in Tokyo, and six provinces including Gunma, Saitama, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Nagano and Shizuoka. In addition, Chiba prefecture near Tokyo is also affected by this storm. According to local authorities, authorities have discovered the body of a man in his 50s in a car that capsized near a nearby demolition blockhouse. Meanwhile, 11 other injuries have been recorded in some localities across the country. Power outages also occurred in Chiba Prefecture, affecting about 770,000 people.

JMA urges people living in these areas, especially those near rivers, seas, and mountains, to take urgent measures to protect their lives. In the event of a move to an evacuation point where danger is encountered, it must be quickly sought to shelter in tall, well-ground houses nearby.

Due to the influence of Typhoon Hagibis, Narita and Haneda airports near Tokyo closed at the same time, without any flight to and from these two airports after 2 pm. The Shinkansen bullet train service linking Tokyo with Nagoya all ceased operations on October 12 and it is likely that the situation will last until the morning of October 13.

By 7 pm October 12 (according to local time), according to the JMA, Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the Izu Peninsula and could bring the biggest rainfall since the devastating storm of Ida in 1958, causing 1,200 deaths and deaths. throughout Japan.

To help foreigners prevent Typhoon Hagibis, the Japanese government has strengthened its foreign language information service through mobile apps and social networks. Besides, the major airports also mobilize more foreign language capable staff. Tourism information centers across the country are also installing power supplies and mobile phone chargers in emergencies. Many stores in and around Tokyo were closed, with people rushing to stockpile food, water, and necessities, leaving empty shelves in supermarkets. Toyota and Honda car manufacturers both stopped working at factories on October 12.

Particularly in Tokyo, the city government has set up temporary shelters at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Taito district for foreign tourists are trapped due to disrupted transportation system. The building is expected to open from 1 pm October 12 to 9 am on October 13. However, the opening time may vary depending on the severity of the storm.

Must-visit places to visit in Japan

Traveling to Japan in addition to enjoying the charming scenery, enjoying the rich cuisine, you should also experience the interesting attractions here. Your trip will be much more fun when participating in a variety of activities.

Coming to Japan, besides enjoying culture, cuisine, beautiful scenery, it is indispensable for amusement parks. Let’s go through this article to browse the fun spots in Japan.

1. Tokyo Disneyland amusement park

Tokyo Disneyland is one of the attractive entertainment places in Japan. Coming to this amusement park, you will definitely have a good time to enjoy and immerse yourself in the fairy world. And if you are a fan of famous Disney cartoons, you should not miss this place. With 7 topics along with over 40 games will surely satisfy the most demanding visitors.

2. Tokyo Disneysea amusement park

As a close brother of Tokyo Disneyland, this amusement park is also an equally popular amusement spot. Both amusement parks are located in Tokyo Disney Resort. Disneysea’s world will have the main theme of the sea. So if you are a water lover, this is one of the must visit places in Japan.

A day out at this amusement park makes you fascinated and immersed in the charm here. If you love thrills then join the water adventure game. Otherwise, enjoy the feeling of floating on the boats. Relax to admire the scenery, architecture and the flow of people on both sides of the poetic river. Be careful when you come here! Because you can fall in love here and don’t want to go home.

3. Toshimaen Park

This amusement park with more than 100 years of age always has its own attraction that attracts visitors every year. Toshimaen Park is the perfect place for all ages. There are countless interesting games, places to play with pets, roller coasters or go back to childhood with the horse merry-go-round.

If you have the opportunity to come to Japan in the spring, this place is not to be missed. Camping, enjoy tea ceremony and the specialties of the rising sun under the cherry trees full of flowers. It’s simple but brings a warm feeling and infinite happiness.

4. Yokohama Cosmo World

This is a famous amusement park in suburban Tokyo with a giant Ferris wheel symbol. Beautiful architecture and space, along with many typical games like roller coasters, ferris thrills with extremely reasonable prices. If you love the feeling of tranquility, sitting on the Ferris wheel watching Tokyo at night is an experience worth a try. A trip on the Cosmo 21 watch at night will be a great dating spot.

Cosmo World should be an interesting stop within the entertaining district of Minato Mirai. You can get close to nearby restaurants, bars, shops and parks and are within walking distance of Chinatown. Cosmo World is probably the most beautiful night. When the whole play area is colored by thousands of sparkling lights. List this place as one of the must-see spots in Japan.

Traveling without experiencing fun spots in Japan is really a waste of money. Please refer to this article and be sure to visit these locations. Surely your trip will be much more interesting.

The unique culture of Japan you should know

With perseverance, resilience and solidarity, the Japanese made the world admire.

Today, we will come together to learn about the unique Japanese culture!

1. Tea ceremony culture

Developed around the end of the 7th century, tea ceremony has become an art of enjoying tea as well as a feature in Japanese culture. For us, it is just a normal cup of green tea, but for Japanese people this cup of tea is very special because it opens in their hearts a vast horizon. They believe that through the way of drinking tea and enjoying tea ceremony, one can find the necessary spiritual value of each person.

2. Traditional Kimono costume

Kimonos have been used by the Japanese for several hundred years. Today, due to the international integration and the nature of life, Kimono is no longer used everyday as before, but often used only on holidays, parties or festivals. In Japan, women wear kimono more popular than men and often have striking colors and patterns. Meanwhile, men’s kimono usually do not have the pattern and darker colors.

3. Sake

Referring to Japan, we all know the distinctive wine from this ancient, is that sake? Sake is a traditional light alcohol made from rice through many stages of Japanese fermentation and comes with quite a few rules. Depending on the different times, Japanese people will also use different types of wine.

4. Japanese culture in communication

In Japanese communication culture, there are rules and rituals that everyone must follow. In particular, all Japanese greetings always come with a final bow. Based on social status and social relationship with the participants, Japanese people use different rules and rituals as well as different ways of bowing.

5. Etiquette and customs in Japan

In the process of development, Japanese culture not only preserves and develops its cultural communication identity but is also ready to receive new things mainly from China and the West. Since then, the Japanese can create unique features in culture.

Top 5 traditional sports in Japan

In a country like Japan, sport occupies a very important position in their culture. Japanese sports are known around the world and there are many foreigners who want to learn and practice those sports.

In this article, we would like to introduce to readers 5 traditional and popular sports of this rising country.

1. Sumo

One of the national representative traditional sports is Sumo, wrestling derived from performances during festivals and holidays at the Shinto shrine.

There are six annual tournaments held each year: January, May and September in Tokyo, March in Osaka, July in Nagoya and November in Fukuoka. Each round lasts 15 days.


The form of this sport consists of two large men standing face to face in a round of land and a Sumo match is ended when one person kicks the other out of the ring or touches the ground. Sumo requires complex rules and the whole form as well as techniques for posture, attack and tactics that excite viewers into arguing.

This is probably the most famous and well-known subject in Japan. When you come to Japan you will feel impressed when going to a Sumo festival.

2. Judo

This is a martial art that protects itself from Japan and is now popular among fans around the world. Based on the principle of leverage and using the opponent’s power to his advantage, today Judo is one of the Olympic competitions. The Kodokan Training Center in Tokyo is the ideal place to see Judo students trained and sometimes have performance experts.


3. Karate

Karate is a form of non-weapon combat, developed by farmers in Okinawa when they were banned from carrying weapons by ruling classes. The highlight of karate martial arts training is that when focusing on the strength of a hand or foot, a professional karate athlete can knock down a stack of bricks or a thick stack of wood with a single blow. The Japanese Karate Association in Tokyo is a place where visitors can see how well-trained students are and how the experts practice.


4. Kendo

Kendo is not as famous as Judo or Karate, but it is still a very popular sport in Japan. This equipment has a bamboo sword called Shinai and an armor called Bogu. The Nippon Budokan in Tokyo is the best place to see this kind of martial art.


Kendo is a form of fencing in which two opponents must wear a heavy cotton-lined armor, painted on the outside and attack the opponent with a bamboo sword, Kendo athletes will have to hit the opponent in 4 special areas are the head, throat, torso, arms. The player who scores the previous two points within 5 minutes of play will be the winner.

5. Kyudo

Kyudo is a technical sport derived from archers from ancient Japan, it is also called Kyujutsu, mainly for personal spiritual training and to increase concentration. At archery temples occasionally organize archery competitions combined with the principles of Zen Buddhism.


Currently, more than 130,000 people play the sport in the world. The main equipment of this sport is quite simple, but also quite expensive: a Japanese bow, also known as Yumi, is quite long (about 2m). Then you need Ya, arrows made from bamboo, and Yugoke – a glove. But the highlight of Kyodo is not equipment but technique, the fact that there are many people injured when doing this sport due to its requirement that when you pull the bow you will have to pull the arrow to Next to the ear and release the archer, this could cause an ear injury. And also to say, in this sport, you hit the target beer is also very difficult.

3 secrets in a Japanese house that make everyone admire

Although the traditional Japanese house has an intricate design, each item in the house is arranged with its own role.

Traditional Japanese house is one of the typical cultural features in this country. With its own secrets, the people of the land of the rising sun have created a house that is both simple and neat, in which, no objects are abundant.

1. The house with immense gaps

The main house in a Japanese house is often empty. They do not leave anything on the floor but only tatami mats – the traditional sedge mat which is the soul of every Japanese house. Japanese people often use tatami mats as a unit to measure a room. A basic, standard room must cover 6 tatami mats.

Other furniture in the room is usually low wooden tables, cushions, cabinets (with the same color as the wall) and some thin cotton rugs. These items are all located in a certain location, creating a neat and easy-to-clean feeling. When entering a traditional Japanese house, you will find that space, however small, is suddenly expanded.

2. The house is always a unity

Traditional Japanese houses often use lightweight sliding panels called fusuma as things to replace doors and walls. Fusuma is usually made of bamboo sticks or rice paper, which can move smoothly, helping Japanese people easily change the structure of their houses at any time.

The Japanese can turn a room into two rooms, preventing the room to use a more multifunctional room. For example, they can turn a living room into a bedroom with only a fusuma sheet. However, the bathroom and toilet are located in 2 different rooms. One side has a washbasin and a shower, and the other contains ofuro – a traditional bath. Do you know why Japanese people have such a strange intention? Dirt will be washed away in the shower room, and the room ofuro is reserved for relaxation. Besides, the Japanese also have rules for bathing. What a strange and interesting country.

3. Bring nature to the house

Traditional houses are often indispensable in the appearance of a small garden. Just open the shoji slide and you get your whole room mixed in with nature. When the weather is clear and warm, the shoji is always open.

Besides, Japanese houses always prefer natural materials such as bamboo, wood, coated paper or cotton… They are cheaper than industrial materials such as iron or stone, creating a sense of security for people. especially with the country that suffers frequent earthquakes like Japan. With this natural house, the Japanese can easily rebuild it from the rubble. Most importantly, they believed that stone bricks would bury people, and wood and paper would not.