Tokyo's 2020 mascots to be chosen by kids

Doris Richards
December 7, 2017

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) on Thursday unveiled a shortlist of mascots that will be voted in the coming months by school children.

Voting by elementary schoolchildren throughout the country will held from December 11 through February 22, according to the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The children will participate only by classes as a unit, not as individuals. "Japan is also a mascot giant and the world's leader in creative fields ... and these designs showcase such mastery". The three pairs will be known as candidates A, B and C until then.

The Olympic and Paralympic designs, which celebrate the themes of harmony, diversity and resilience, were unveiled by pupils at a Tokyo elementary school.

Design B pairs a cartoon hybrid of a "lucky" cat and a fox draped in a red flame-like cloak with a blue lion-dog of the type seen guarding Japanese shrines - the common thread between them big round eyes resembling disco lights.

These animals are believed to bring good fortune in Japanese culture.

The chosen mascots will be announced after the conclusion of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February, with the selection panel subsequently deciding a name before a formal launch in July or August 2018.

The panel is headed by Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Ryohei Miyata.

TV personality Shoko Nakagawa, another member of the screening committee, called the student vote "historic" given that mascots were not used in 1964.

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