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Tokyo 2020 mascots officially named

10 August 2018

The mascots for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have been named!

The students at 16,769 of Japan’s elementary schools decided Miraitowa and Someity would be the official ambassadors for #Tokyo2020.

Japan’s long-lasting traditions and commitment to innovation is represented in Olympic mascot, Miraitowa (pronounced mee-rah-e-toh-wa). The character name derives from the words mirai meaning future and towa meaning eternity. This name was chosen to promote a future full of eternal hope. Embodying both the old and new, Miraitowa is a forward thinker who identifies with the roots of Japanese culture.

Paralympic mascot, Someity (pronounced soh-may-tee) was inspired by the cherry blossom, Japan’s national flower. This character demonstrates immense mental and physical strength to reflect that of our Paralympic heroes. The name’s resemblance to the English phrase, "so mighty" also reveals the character’s superhuman powers.

The character duo will be working hard in the lead up to the Games promoting not only the Olympic spirit, but also Japan’s rich history and culture. We cannot wait to meet them!

Read the full character description of Miraitowa and Someity.

Last updated
10 August 2018