This is the logo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bid. I love the olympics, always have. Not just because "Bugler's Dream" is great (that's the name of the fanfare music NBC uses btw, yes it was real composition made long before NBC found it), but because the games are simultaneously very optimistic about humanity, and yet an utter debacle of commercialization run amok. It's like christmas except the traffic isn't here and the malls aren't packed.
Des Moines gets half the olympics annually with the Des Moines Marathon (a qualification race for the Boston Marathon), the HyVee Triathlon (which is actually the US Championship for the World Triathlon Corporation 5150 Series and has the largest purse of any triathlon anywhere), the Drake Relays (one of several relay events of significance to US Track & Field), Chow's Gymasium (Chow being a coach on the US Gymastics team), and Iowa State University (U-Iowa and ISU being the undisputed capital of wrestling in the US; "save wrestling" tee-shirts were everywhere this spring).
We even have something the Olympics don't have... RAGBRAI. A week long bike ride from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River across a hot, humid, mosquito infested, shadeless state everyone generally believes to be flat (it isn't, and in the years it goes towards Dubuque you spend a lot more time going uphill then down).
Also this year Des Moines hosted the US Track & Field Championships. Were it not for the enormous spectacle of commercialization that the games have become, Des Moines probably could host the summer Olympics about as ably as Lake Placid hosted the winter ones. But we don't have a hundred thousand plus seat stadium to accommodate the modern opening ceremonies, and while one could be built at the Iowa State Fairgrounds as an expansion of the Grandstand (this was one of the biggest venues in North America when it was built... in 1909)
, it would be an enormous waste of money on something we don't otherwise need.
Anyway, I really liked the sakura pattern Tokyo came up with.