Tokyo 2020: Mascots unveiled for Olympics and Paralympics

Men looks at the construction site of the New National Stadium main stadium of Tokyo 2020 More
Men looks at the construction site of the New National Stadium main stadium of Tokyo 2020 More

02 March, 2018

Names for the mascots have not been revealed, with the Olympic committee saying they will reveal those over the summer. The Mascot also has a special power allowing it to move anywhere instantaneously. The Mascot has a strong sense of justice, and is very athletic.

Elementary school students waved paper fans featuring each mascot and screamed in excitement when the winning mascot design was unveiled.

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The country of Hello Kitty is known for its love of all things cute and some of its ubiquitous mascot characters enjoy celebrity status, notably Kumamon the red-cheeked bear and Funassyi, a peach with 1.5 million Twitter followers. Every prefecture in Japan actually has a mascot, which are usually created to promote a business, region, organization or sporting event such as the Olympics.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to August 9, 2020.

The 2016 Rio Olympics had a yellow feline animal representing Brazil's rich fauna and wildlife named Vinicius after music great Vinicius de Moraes.

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The Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Japan next year, has already unveiled a pair of pot-bellied lions as its mascots.

Yoshiko Ikoma, deputy chief of the mascot panel and designer, said narrowing down the designs for students to vote on was a heated process.

Sadly he will not receive any royalties as all intellectual rights will go to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees.

"(These designs) embody tradition, the future, cuteness and sophistication, and I believe that they represent today's Japan perfectly", said Yoshiko Ikoma, deputy head of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics mascot selection panel.

Winner Ryo Taniguchi said he wanted to keep the design simple. "I just want to tell my beloved wife that I've been chosen".

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