Tokyo 2020 Mascots Make Their Public Debut

Tokyo, July 22, 2018: The Tokyo 2020 Mascots of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 greeted the Japanese public for the first time at their naming ceremony today.

Hundreds of children and adults joined meet & greet events across the Japanese capital to welcome the new ambassadors of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot’s name was revealed as Miraitowa (pronounced mee-rah-e-toh-wa), based on the Japanese words mirai (future) and towa (eternity) combined.

This name chosen to promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot’s name was revealed as Someity, (pronounced soh-may-tee) which comes from someiyoshino, a popular cherry blossom variety, and additionally echoes the English phrase “so mighty”.

Tokyo 2020 Mascots / Someity has tactile cherry blossom sensors and exhibits enormous mental and physical strength.

It represents Paralympic athletes who overcome obstacles and redefine the boundaries of what is possible.

During today’s ceremony at the Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, the two mascots demonstrated one of their special talents by teleporting themselves from Hibiya, in the centre of modern Tokyo, to Asakusa, the centre of old Tokyo.

Right after leaving the Hibiya events, Miraitowa and Someity showed up on a boat in Asakusa, and proudly cruised down the Sumida River, greeting the fans lining the river along the way.

Between December 2017 and February 2018, more than 75% of the elementary schools in Japan and a number of overseas Japanese schools took part in a selection process and voted for their favourite set of mascot designs.

Tokyo 2020 Mascots / Miraitowa and Someity live in the digital world, and can move freely between there and the real world via the internet.

Miraitowa has the same indigo blue ichimatsu-patterns as the Tokyo 2020 Games Emblem on its head and body.

The mascot’s personality is derived from a traditional Japanese proverb that means to learn old things well and to acquire new knowledge from them.

The mascot has both an old-fashioned aspect that respects tradition and an innovative aspect that is in tune with cutting-edge information.

It has a strong sense of justice, and is very athletic.

The mascot has the special ability to move anywhere instantly.

Someity is a cool character with cherry blossom tactile sensors and super powers.

It can send and receive messages telepathically using the cherry blossom antennae on both sides of its face. Can also fly using its ichimatsu-pattern cloak. It’s usually quiet, but it can exhibit great power when necessary.

It embodies Paralympic athletes that demonstrate superhuman power. It has a dignified inner strength and it also loves nature.

The duo finally made their debut today and are already anticipating a busy schedule ahead.

Animation about the birth of the mascots: —- © Tokyo 2020

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