Tokyo 2020 Mascots, for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, made their official debut as Miraitowa and Someity at the Tokyo Midtown Hibiya on Sunday. The event was streamed live worldwide on Tokyo 2020 digital platforms. The two icons also got their names at their debut ceremony. A blue-checked pointy-eared figure, Olympic mascot was named as Miraitowa. The Paralympic counterpart, who is pink-checked and wears a cape, was named Someity.
WHAT IS THERE IN THE NAMES?
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots are revealed as Miraitowa and Someity. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics mascot is named Miraitowa, pronounced mee-rah-e-toh-wa, is based on the Japanese words mirai (future) and towa (eternity). This name was chosen to promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot’s name was revealed as Someity, (pronounced soh-may-tee) which comes from someiyoshino, a popular cherry blossom variety, and additionally echoes the English phrase “so mighty”. Someity has tactile cherry blossom sensors and exhibits enormous mental and physical strength. It represents Paralympic athletes who overcome obstacles and redefine the boundaries of what is possible.
MEET THE MASCOTS
Miraitowa has the same indigo blue ichimatsu-patterns as the Tokyo 2020 Games Emblem on its head and body. The mascot’s personality is derived from a traditional Japanese proverb that means to learn old things well and to acquire new knowledge from them. The mascot has both an old-fashioned aspect that respects tradition and an innovative aspect that is in tune with cutting-edge information. It has a strong sense of justice, and is very athletic. The mascot has the special ability to move anywhere instantly.
Someity is a cool character with cherry blossom tactile sensors and super powers. It can send and receive messages telepathically using the cherry blossom antennae on both sides of its face. It can also fly using its ichimatsu-pattern cloak. It is usually quiet, but it can exhibit great power when necessary. It embodies Paralympic athletes that demonstrate superhuman power. It has a dignified inner strength and it also loves nature. It can talk to stones and wind by using its super power, and is also able to move things by just looking at them.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic organising committee has also released a video to mark the debut to Miraitowa and Someity.
Miraitowa and Someity finally made their debut on Sunday. Between December 2017 and February 2018, more than 75% of the elementary school kids in Japan and a number of overseas Japanese schools took part in a selection process and voted for their favourite set of mascot designs. Miraitowa and Someity live in the digital world and can move freely between there and the real world via the internet.
A total of 205,755 classes at 16,769 elementary schools took part in selecting three short-listed designs, with their classes casting a single vote.
The two mascots were launched at a ceremony at the Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, where the two icons demonstrated one of their special talents by teleporting themselves from Hibiya, in the centre of modern Tokyo, to Asakusa, the centre of old Tokyo. Right after leaving the Hibiya events, Miraitowa and Someity showed up on a boat in Asakusa, and proudly cruised down the Sumida River, greeting the fans lining the river along the way.