Check out the superhero mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Joanna Estrada
March 2, 2018

The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled on Wednesday morning at a school in the Japanese capital. The mascots went through a long selection process in which many schools across the country participated in.

All up, 2,042 individuals and groups submitted designs that they hoped would capture the public's affection.

More than 100,000 stuffed dolls (Soohorang and Paralympic mascot Banbdabi) were sold over the past year, Pyeongchang organizers said.

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.

Taniguchi's two mascots were labeled together as Candidate A in the vote.

The organising committee revealed that their mascots have opposing personalities but "respect each other and are very good friends".

The naming and official launch of the mascots will take place later this summer.

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 students picked option "A", which, according to the Tokyo 2020 organizers, has a "strong sense of justice and is very athletic". Its superpower is moving things by simply looking at them.

Elementary school classes started voting for their preferred mascots on December 11. He said that he was just so spaced out when the winning mascots were unveiled.

Mascots are massive in Japan, the land of Hello Kitty and Pokemon, and there are literally thousands representing everything from small communities to prisons.

The mascots are characters that "embody both old tradition and new innovation", said the organisers of Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo was selected as host for the 2020 Olympics back in 2013.

The mascots will be featured at various events and on products related to the games.

"We hope many people can visit here and feel and see what Japan has", Kobayashi said.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 24 and end on August 9, 2020.

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