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Tokyo 2020 unveils mascots

01 Mar 2018
Tokyo, Japan, February 28, 2018: After 2,042 entries and a vote involving students from 16,769 schools, the mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 have been revealed. The winning designs were officially unveiled on February 28, 2018 by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) after elementary school pupils across Japan and at Japanese schools overseas chose their favourites from a shortlist of three sets of designs. 

The winning designs came from 43-year-old Ryo Taniguchi, a graphic designer from Fukuoka, in southern Japan. His characters – dark blue for the Olympic Games and cherry blossom pink for the Paralympic Games – strove to combine traditional values with a futuristic looks, encapsulating the “innovation from harmony” concept which is at the heart of the branding vision for Tokyo 2020.

The Mascot Selection Panel will choose names for the winning mascots in the near future, before they make their official debut in July or August 2018. A total of 205,755 classes at 16,769 schools took part in the vote. The winning Design Set A received 109,041 votes, Design Set B attracted 61,423 votes and Design Set C received 35,291.

Ryohei Miyata, chair of the Mascot Selection Panel, said: "I cannot wait to see these two characters coming to life in the stadiums, on the streets and on TV. The children selected two mascots that embody both ancient tradition and new innovation.

"I believe this is an excellent choice since Tokyo 2020's branding vision is ‘Innovation From Harmony’, which implies that innovation will occur when the old and the new of Tokyo and Japan come together.” The results were announced in front of around 600 children at one of the participating schools, Hoyonomori Gakuen School in Tokyo, and live-streamed to schools all over the country.

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