Tokyo 2020 unveils three shortlisted mascot design sets
Three sets of shortlisted mascots designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled by organisers today, chosen from 2,042 entries submitted by the public during a recent competition.
The winner will be selected from a process involving 6.5 million schoolchildren at every elementary school across the country, who will be given the opportunity to review the shortlisted designs, with their classes casting a single vote in favour of one of the sets. International schools in Japan, as well as Japanese schools overseas, will be included in the voting process.
The winner will be announced on 28 February, shortly after the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympics. The mascot selection panel will then decide names for the winning mascots, and the official mascots will formally debut in July or August next year.
Ryohei Miyata, chair of the Tokyo 2020 mascot selection panel, said: “I am really excited that we are getting closer to unveiling our official mascots. We decided to encourage children to participate in the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Games by having them select the mascots, as our children represent a future that Tokyo 2020 wants to embody through the Games. We hope that many schools and classes will take this opportunity to help shape the Games.”
Tokyo 2020 added: “Mascots are a popular element of modern Japanese culture. Tokyo 2020 aims to create mascots that embody Tokyo 2020's branding vision, ‘innovation from harmony’, which implies that innovation will occur when the old and the new of Tokyo and Japan come together in harmony.”
Full details of the mascot design process can be found here.