Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Futuristic mascots for Tokyo Olympics

Futuristic mascots for Tokyo Olympics

The organisers presumably hope that the mascots will have a more successful reception than original Tokyo 2020 logo unveiled in 2015.

The mascots will greet visitors to the 2020 Games and help spread the Olympic and Paralympic spirit, it said.

After a nationwide selection process in Japan's schools, students have selected their Games' mascots.

"The mascot has a strong sense of justice and is very athletic", the notes about the mascot said. Its superpower is said to be a move that allows it to go anywhere fast. Not to be left out, it also has a magical power which makes it capable "talking with stones and the wind". Its superpower is moving things by simply looking at them.

The organising committee revealed that their mascots have opposing personalities but "respect each other and are very good friends". Hello Kitty and Pokemon are among literally thousands available in Japan, and usually represents everything from small communities to prisons.

Known locally as "yuru-kyara" or "laid-back characters", mascots can also be major money-spinners.

"I'm very happy. I like the coolness of these characters", she said.

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

Soohorang sparked an inadvertent social media frenzy after a volunteer dressed up as the tiger got stuck in a doorway, needing a helper to push him through.

Hybrid designs, Vinicius was a mix of various Brazilian animals to represent the country's wildlife during the Summer Olympics. The new Olympic and Paralympic mascots will be seen in merchandise, stadiums and everything that has to do with the event.

Brazil netted $300 million in profits from licensing intellectual property from the 2016 Games, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The one-eyed characters were dubbed "bizarre" and "creepy" by some, reportedly sending shares in their manufacturer down by more than a third.

The mascots' names will be chosen based on feedback from creative professionals and will be announced in the summer. Three final sets of mascots were available, with the winning entry being a pair of anime space rabbits.

The winning designs were submitted by Ryo Taniguchi, who was shocked about the win.

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