Date : 22 Jul 2018
Tokyo, Japan, July 22, 2018: The mascots of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 greeted the Japanese public for the first time at their naming ceremony on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Thousands 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 was 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”. 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 Sunday’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.
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