Tokyo 1964 – Sports Pictograms

Designer: Yusaku Kamekura


Pictograms were employed to help get over the language barrier that arises when people from all over the world gather together for the Olympics. There were symbols for the various competition events plus facility symbols for the signs indicating restaurants and seating and so on. The event symbols were by Yoshiro Yamashita, while the facility ones were by ten designers, including Ikko Tanaka, Shigeo Fukuda, Tadanori Yokoo, Aquirax (Akira) Uno, Tsunehisa Kimura, Keiko Hirohashi, and Ryohei Yanagihara. The themes like “restaurant” or “theater” were handed out and everyone drew pictures, and these were then brushed up by Tanaka, Kimura and Hirohashi.


ATHLETICS

FENCING

WRESTLING

HANDBALL

CANOEING


FOOTBALL

SWIMMING

WEIGHTLIFTING

GYMNASTICS

MODERN PENTATHLON


SAILING

BOXING

BASKETBALL

EQUESTRIAN

ROWING


HOCKEY

CYCLING

JUDO

SHOOTING