The Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots are futuristic anime space rabbits

Posted March 02, 2018

The 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic games are set to be held in Tokyo- the second time the city would be hosting the Olympics- and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, will be held between 24 July to 9 August, and 25 August to 6 September 2020 respectively in the New National Stadium under construction.

"I thought that something combining futuristic and traditional elements would perfectly fit the image of Japan and Tokyo", he said.

It has a strong sense of justice, perhaps indicated by the police-like appearance of its clothing or skin, and is very athletic.

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. Each class could cast a single vote in favor of one of the three competing entries.

With a futuristic blue and white chequered pattern, the Olympic mascot is described as having a special power allowing it to move anywhere instantaneously.

The selection process involving schoolchildren was introduced to get students enthusiastic about the games while also ensuring transparency.

Elementary school students waved paper fans featuring each mascot and screamed in excitement when the winning mascot design was unveiled.

A crowd of supporters was on hand at Narita Airport east of Tokyo to greet the athletes and officials.

The Tokyo 2020 organisers threw open the competition of choosing mascots for the quadrennial games to individuals and groups, and 2,042 designs were received.

The Paralympic mascot is similar to the Olympics mascot but has a white and pink design. Designers of other two shortlisted entries will receive ¥100,000 each.

The smiling, small brown bear whose full name was Mikhail Potapych Toptygin (Misha in short) has been considered the greatest ever Olympic mascot, which ironically featured at an event that was boycotted by 55 countries due to the Cold War.