Tokyo 2020: Japan unveils Olympics mascots

Glen Mclaughlin
March 2, 2018

The winning pair have not been named yet but the organisers said they "respect each other" and are "very good friends".

It has a strong sense of justice, perhaps indicated by the police-like appearance of its clothing or skin, and is very athletic. The winning mascots appear first within the video.

Tokyo will host the Olympics in 2020.

Japan has life-size characters, Yuru-kyara, representing nearly everything.

The Paralympic mascot is similar to the Olympics mascot but has a white and pink design. "It can also move things by just looking at them".

With nearly 110,000 votes, "Mascots A" were selected. 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.

In a nation highly driven by technological advances, two futuristic cartoon figures- one is a superhero and the other has an athlete's figure- were chosen on live television earlier today at a ceremony attended by over 500 cheering schoolchildren in Tokyo.

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Hybrid designs, Vinicius was a mix of various Brazilian animals to represent the country's wildlife during the Summer Olympics.

Ryo Taniguchi poses with his creation that will serve as mascots for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games, on 28 February.

In addition, the company has already started building an even wider global roster of athlete ambassadors ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which will take place in the home city of Bridgestone's global headquarters.

Organizers turned to children to select the 2020 mascot, hoping to avoid a repeat of the bungled roll-out of the official Olympic logo, which ended up having to be scrapped following accusations of plagiarism.

"I want to tell this to my beloved wife".

The Paralympic mascot, a predominantly blue and green figure whose head was covered with leaves to represent Brazil's rich vegetation, was named Tom after musician Tom Jobim.

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