The Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots are futuristic anime space rabbits

  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots are futuristic anime space rabbits

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots are futuristic anime space rabbits

The other pair, which received 35,291 votes, comprised an Olympic mascot combining a fox, also a shrine guardian, with magatama ancient Japanese beads and a Paralympic mascot modeled after a raccoon dog. Hello Kitty and Pokemon are among literally thousands available in Japan, and usually represents everything from small communities to prisons.

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

"I am excited to imagine these characters on display everywhere and moving around", she said.

Several users said the futuristic-looking mascot chosen appealed more to children whereas adults preferred the softer and more traditional options.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters at the metropolitan government office on the same day that the selected characters are "cute and cool".

A pair of futuristic digital characters will be the mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

2016 Rio Olympics mascot "Vinicius", named after music great Vinicius de Moraes, was a yellow feline animal representing Brazil's fauna and wildlife.

Official mascots have been an Olympic fixture since the Grenoble Winter Games in 1968.

Here's more on the Olympic mascots. The names of the mascots will be announced around August. Three final sets of mascots were available, with the winning entry being a pair of anime space rabbits.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots have officially been picked following a months-long vote by school children in Japan. Although the official Mascot Selection Panel performed the initial processes to short-list the remaining designs, the students had the ultimate say in the winning mascot pairing through voting that took place from December to February 22nd, with no votes being accepted from the general public.

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