Harmonized chequered emblem – chequered patterns were popular in many countries around the world throughout history. In Japan, the chequered pattern became formally known as “ichimatsu moyo” in
the Edo period (1603-1867), and this chequered design in the traditional Japanese colour of indigo blue expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan. Composed of three
varieties of rectangular shapes, the design represents different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. It incorporates the message of “unity in diversity”. It also expresses that the Olympic
and Paralympic Games seek to promote diversity as a platform to connect the world.