Doe-eyed superhero picked for Tokyo Olympics 2020 mascot

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Social media reaction was mixed with one user describing the winners as “very Japanese and very cute.” But others said they wanted something “more round” and more “huggable.”“School children, really? Should be B or C,” tweeted one user under the handle @shougodesu_.Several users pointed out that the futuristic-looking mascot chosen appealed more to children whereas adults preferred the softer and more traditional options.The Tokyo 2020 mascot will hope to replicate the success of Soohorang, the cuddly stuffed tiger from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang handed out to athletes on the podium.More than 100,000 stuffed dolls (Soohorang and Paralympic mascot Banbdabi) were sold over the past year, Pyeongchang organisers said.Soohorang sparked an inadvertent social media frenzy after a volunteer dressed up as the tiger got stuck in a doorway, needing a helper to push him through.The 2016 Rio Olympics had a yellow feline animal representing Brazil’s rich fauna and wildlife named Vinicius after music great Vinicius de Moraes.The Paralympic mascot, a predominantly blue and green figure whose head was covered with leaves to represent Brazil’s rich vegetation, was named Tom after musician Tom Jobim.Brazil netted $300 million in profits from licensing intellectual property from the 2016 Games, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Hit and miss The kids picked option “A,” which, according to the Tokyo 2020 organizers, has a “strong sense of justice and is very athletic.”Helpfully, it has a magical power that enables it “to move anywhere instantaneously.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIts Paralympic counterpart sports pink checks derived from Japan’s famous cherry blossom and is “usually calm, however, it gets very powerful when needed.”Its magic power: “It can talk with stones and the wind. It can also move things by just looking at them.” Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano But Wenlock and Mandeville, the widely mocked mascots of the 2012 London Games, proved far from Olympic gold.The one-eyed characters were dubbed “bizarre” and “creepy” by some, reportedly sending shares in their manufacturer down by more than a third.The Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Japan next year, has already unveiled a pair of pot-bellied lions as its mascots.With luxurious manes, short horns and faces that appear to be shaped like rugby balls, mascots “Ren” and “G” are inspired by “shishi,” the mythical lion-like figure that features in Japan’s new year celebrations and kabuki theatre.Organisers turned to children to select the mascot, hoping to avoid a repeat of the bungled roll-out of the official Olympic logo, which ended up having to be scrapped following accusations of plagiarism.It was deemed to be too similar to the logo of a Belgian theatre and a separate Spanish design.Designer Ryo Taniguchi seemed overwhelmed at the decision.“Thank you. My mind is going absolutely blank. I don’t know what to say,” he said when the decision was announced at the ceremony.“I want to tell this to my lovely wife.” View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A TV cameraman films footage of the winning design of the official mascots for the 2020 Olympics (L) and Paralympics Games at an elementary school in Tokyo on February 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKATokyo Wednesday 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 mascot, which has yet to be named, was selected by elementary school kids across the country from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognizable as “made in Japan.”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning The pair received over 100,000 votes, more than the other two design sets combined.Mascots are massive in Japan, the land of Hello Kitty and Pokemon, and there are literally thousands representing everything from small communities to prisons.Known locally as “yuru-kyara” or “laid-back characters,” mascots can also be major money-spinners.The pot-bellied, red-cheeked bear known as Kumamon — created in 2010 to promote Japan’s southern Kumamoto region — raked in $8.8 million last year for local businesses selling branded products.Big businessADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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