2020 Olympics Mascots Unveiled

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February 28, 2018

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Organizers of the 2020 Olympics have unveiled the mascots. They are futuristic digital characters.

Organizers had announced that Japan's schoolchildren would vote on the mascots. A total of 205,755 classes at 16,769 elementary schools voted; each class cast one vote. They voted from a short list of three pairs. The winning pair received 109,041 votes.

2020 Olympics mascots

The blue and white mascot is for the Olympic Games. The pink and white mascot is for the Paralympic Games. Both combine a checkered pattern, which is in line with traditional Japanese designs, with a more futuristic look. Ryo Taniguchi, a California art graduate, was the designer.

From the 2020 Tokyo Olympics website:

Olympic Mascot
The Olympic Mascot is a character that embodies both old tradition and new innovation.The Mascot has an old-fashioned charm that reflects tradition and also has a high-tech, cutting edge vibe. It has strong sense of justice, and is very athletic. The Mascot has a special power allowing it to move any where instantaneously.

Paralympic Mascot
The Paralympic Mascot is a cool character with cherry tactile sense and supernatural power. The Mascot is usually calm, however, it gets very powerful when needed. It has a dignified inner strength and a kind heart that loves nature. It can talk with stones and the wind. It can also move things by just looking at them.

Relationship between the Mascots
The Olympic Mascot and Paralympic Mascot have opposite personalities. However, they respect each other and they are very good friends. They both have a great spirit of hospitality. They always try their best to cheer and encourage everyone.

The mascots have yet to be named. Adults will choose those names later in 2018.

The Tokyo Olympics run from July 24 to August 9. The Tokyo Paralympics run from August 25 to September 6.

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