TOKYO – If you've been tuning into Olympic events this weekend, you might have noticed that every medal winner on the podiums carries a small bouquet of yellow, green and deep blue flowers, tied with a blue bow.
But they're more than just flowers. The elements of the bouquet carry a deeper story, and they are years in the making.
They're meant to symbolize the country rising from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011, which left about 20,000 people dead or missing. Homes were swept away and whole areas were deserted.