Superhero-anime duo is Tokyo 2020 mascot

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots are futuristic anime space rabbits

Tokyo on February 28 unveiled its long-awaited mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games: a futuristic blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and "special powers" that was picked by schoolchildren across mascot-mad Japan.

The official Olympic mascot is said to have a strong sense of justice, is athletic and has the ability to go anywhere instantaneously.

Three pairs of mascots were unveiled at an event in the Kakezuka school in central Tokyo, which was attended by the selection panel and some 116 students.

Organisers a year ago received more than 2,000 entries from the general public in a nationwide competition, from which they short-listed three pairs of designs in December.

But Wenlock and Mandeville, the widely mocked mascots of the 2012 London Games, proved far from Olympic gold.

"Japan is a major mascot nation - all of the committee members thought they had to select a very good one and hoped to create a lovely mascot", said Yoshiko Ikoma, deputy chief of the mascot selection panel.

"The Olympic Mascot and Paralympic Mascot have opposite personalities".

The organising committee said 16,769 schools across the country took part in the ballot.




It's hard to pinpoint the true reason why Japanese obsess over these kinds of things - some say it reminds them of childhood cartoon characters, others say memories of their hometowns.

"The winning pair, clad in the "ichimatsu" checkered pattern of the Games" official logo, received 109,041 votes.

The winning designs were submitted by Ryo Taniguchi, who was shocked about the win.

Japan has life-size characters, Yuru-kyara, representing nearly everything.

The pot-bellied, red-cheeked bear known as Kumamon - created in 2010 to promote Japan's southern Kumamoto region - raked in $8.8 million past year for local businesses selling branded products.

The games are scheduled for 2020.

In addition, the company has already started building an even wider global roster of athlete ambassadors ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which will take place in the home city of Bridgestone's global headquarters. "I just want to tell my beloved wife that I've been chosen".

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