1964
Tokyo
Japan

Tokyo was the first Asian nation to host the Games. The Olympic flame was carried by Yoshinori Sakai, who was born on 6 August 1945, the same day the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima, as a symbol of peace and to honour the victims.

The first Olympic fair play trophy was awarded to the Swedish yachtsmen after they abandoned the race to help rescue two fellow competitors whose boat had sunk.

The National Archives’ collections covering the Tokyo Games include publicity operations, participation of North and South Korea, and German and colonial representation.

15 records available

  • Report on the Tokyo Olympic Games and International Stoke Mandeville Games.
    FO 371/181107
    Report on the Tokyo Olympic Games and International Stoke Mandeville Games. FO 371/181107Preview
  • Start of men's 100m final.
    FO 371/181107/0046
    Start of men's 100m final. FO 371/181107/0046Preview
  • A summary report on The Games of the XVIII Olympiad Tokyo 1964.
    FO 371/181107/0034
    A summary report on The Games of the XVIII Olympiad Tokyo 1964. FO 371/181107/0034Preview
  • Life in Japan, 1906.
    COPY 1/241 (43)
    Life in Japan, 1906. COPY 1/241 (43)Preview
  • Tokyo theatre photograph, W Meakin, 1907.
    COPY 1/514 (73)
    Tokyo theatre photograph, W Meakin, 1907. COPY 1/514 (73)Preview
  • 1964 UK and colonial representation.
    FO 371/170793
    1964 UK and colonial representation. FO 371/170793Preview
  • South African participation, racial discrimination.
    FO 371/176045
    South African participation, racial discrimination. FO 371/176045Preview
  • Final match of football, Hungry 2-1 Czechoslovakia.
    FO 371/181107/0054
    Final match of football, Hungry 2-1 Czechoslovakia. FO 371/181107/0054Preview
  • Government assistance towards cost of UK representation at Games: policy.
    T 296/113
    Government assistance towards cost of UK representation at Games: policy. T 296/113Preview
  • Life in Japan, 1906.
    COPY 1/241 (45)
    Life in Japan, 1906. COPY 1/241 (45)Preview
  • Joint North-South Korean Olympic team.
    FO 371/170832
    Joint North-South Korean Olympic team. FO 371/170832Preview
  • North Korean propaganda on Olympic Games.
    FO 371/176079
    North Korean propaganda on Olympic Games. FO 371/176079Preview
  • The abbot of Ikegami Herbert G Ponting, 1907.
    COPY 1/507 (163)
    The abbot of Ikegami Herbert G Ponting, 1907. COPY 1/507 (163)Preview
  • Life in Japan, a fete night, 1906.
    COPY 1/242 (i) (191)
    Life in Japan, a fete night, 1906. COPY 1/242 (i) (191)Preview
  • Paid leave for civil servants for Paraplegic Olympic Games.
    PREM 13/171
    Paid leave for civil servants for Paraplegic Olympic Games. PREM 13/171Preview

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