Every sporting event has their official mascots primarily to upturn the enthusiasm of the fans and welcome the visitors. Their actions make the event even more intriguing and when viewed again makes the moment nostalgic. This summer Olympics is no different and the two official mascots are Miraitowa and Someity. (Gender Unbiased)
The avatar of Miraitowa and Someity personifies Japanese culture and the spirit of the Olympic and Para Olympic games. Both the characters are anime style and are often observed indulging in various athletic events from tennis to basketball, kayaking and horseback riding. They both are friends and although they live in a digital world they have the ability to teleport themselves to the real world via internet.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot
Miraitowa is a combination of “future” and “eternity” in Japanese words and it is an amalgamation of respect for tradition and cutting edge information. The charisma of Miraitowa is the epitome to the Japanese proverb “to learn old things well and acquire new knowledge from them”.
Miraitowa has been portrayed with an athletic frame, cat like ears and large anime-style eyes. Its white body is covered in an indigo ichimatsu pattern similar to that of the Tokyo 2020 emblem. The helmet on his face corresponds to the one worn by ancient samurai and provide him with the ability of teleportation.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot
Showcased in a large eyed anime Someity is the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games mascot. The name of of this popular anime is derived from the popular cherry tree variety “Someiyoshino” and the English phrase “so mighty”. Sometimes it is depicted in wheelchair.
Blessed with abundant superpowers Someity can fly using its pink ichimatsu pattern cape and uses its antenna for teleportation abilities including telepathic communication, the ability to talk to stones and the wind, and the ability to move objects simply by looking at them. Someity depicts the superhuman power of “Paralympic athletes who overcome obstacles and sketches new boundaries of possibility.
Selection and Naming process
In the entire history of Olympics, for the first time the mascots were chosen exclusively by elementary school children. The voting was carried out among 16769 elementary schools, at home and abroad.
Prior to the voting, mascot candidates were submitted for consideration. Any Japanese national or foreign resident over the age of 18 could contribute. Each submission contained not only an illustration but also a “profile” of the mascot’s personality and relation to Japan. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee received more than 2,000 entries.
The children voted on sets of finalists labeled “Pair A,” “Pair B,” and “Pair C.” The winning pair was designed by Japanese artist Ryo Taniguchi. After the selected mascots were unveiled, the Mascot Selection Panel voted on a shortlist of proposed mascot names.
Tokyo 2020 Ambassadors
The mascots are also identified as game ambassadors. They “signifies the values of Olympic and Paralympic games”. They are not only the ambassadors, however – several anime characters will play this role, as well
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics ambassadors include nine anime, manga, and video game heroes:
- Sailor Moon
- Luffy from One Piece
- Goku of Dragon Ball
- Cure Miracle and Cure Magical of Pretty Cure
- Astro Boy
- Shin Chan
- Jibanyan of Yo-kai Watch
For the fans mascot merchandise is available online and at the “Mascot House” in the Tokyo midtown Hibiya building, along with the life size anime characters. And it is being estimated that mascots will be generating a revenue of 14.6 billion yen(130 milllion US dollars).