Olympic Games 1964 Tokyo

18th Olympiad


Sports: 21

Events: 163

National Teams: 93

Participants: 5,137


  Concept of the pictograms and their use:

Pictograms have been part of Olympic design programs since they were first introduced at the 1964 Tokyo Games. The stylized figures easily communicate information to visitors and participants who have diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

New pictograms were disigned for Mexico in 1968, Munich in 1972 and Moscow in 1980.
Montreal chose the use the Munich pictograms. The LAOOC first inquired about the purchase rights of the pictograms used at Munich and later Montreal, but found the price to be higher than the costs of commissioning new pictograms and chose instead to sponsor a competition. 

Symbols used during the Tokyo Games

pictograms olympic games tokyo 1964

Artistic director:    Masaru Katzumie
Graphic designer: Yoshiro Yamashita

The first systematically designed set of pictograms for both sports and services was created for the Games in Tokyo in 1964 by Masasa Katzumie as artistic director and Yoshiro Yamashita as graphic designer.

The Tokyo projekt included the design of 20 pictograms for the different sports and a further 39 general information pictograms.


Examples of service pictograms

Copyright 1964 by the Organizing Committee for the Games of the XVIII Olympiad

Other Olympic Official Pictograms: