Tokyo 2020; Results poll: Which mascot design candidate would you select?

Last week, the mascots for Tokyo 2020 were officially unveiled. These mascots were the winners of elections among Japanese school children.

Our poll shows that design A was also preferred by readers of Architecture of the Games.

 

Image: © The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

 

Which Tokyo2020 mascot design candidate would you select?

  • Candidate A (43%, 22 Votes)
  • Candidate B (31%, 16 Votes)
  • Candidate C (25%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

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Tokyo 2020; Olympic and Paralympic mascots unveiled

Today, the mascots for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo were officially unveiled.

Press release by TOCOG:

 

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today unveiled their official Olympic and Paralympic mascots, following an evaluation of three shortlisted design sets by elementary schoolchildren across Japan and at Japanese schools overseas. Design Set A secured the largest number of classroom votes and will accordingly serve as the official mascots of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

205,755 classes at 16,769 schools took part in the election, with the winning Design Set A receiving 109,041 votes. Design Set B attracted 61,423 votes and Design Set C received 35,291. The results were announced in front of around 600 children at Hoyonomori Gakuen School in Tokyo, one of the schools which participated in the voting process. The ceremony was live-streamed in order to allow children all over the country to share the moment and discover the winner in real time. Public viewings were also organised in several schools.

In December 2017, Tokyo 2020 published a shortlist of three mascot design sets, each containing an Olympic and a Paralympic mascot, following a review of 2,042 entries submitted by the public during a nationwide competition. Elementary school classes across the country and in Japanese schools overseas were then invited to evaluate the shortlisted designs, with each class asked to cast a single vote in favour of one of the sets.

The mascot voting process was part of Tokyo 2020’s nationwide educational programme called “Yoi Don!” (“Get Set”), which brings the Olympic and Paralympic Games into schools across Japan and allows students to actively participate in educational initiatives linked to the Games. By encouraging discussion of the mascots in classes, the voting process helped children learn about the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

Commented Ryohei Miyata, Mascot Selection Panel Chairperson, “The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games finally have their mascots. This means a lot, especially in Japan. I cannot wait to see these two characters coming to life in the stadiums, on the streets and on TV. The children selected two mascots that embody both ancient tradition and new innovation. I believe this is an excellent choice since Tokyo 2020’s branding vision is “innovation from harmony”, which implies that innovation will occur when the old and the new of Tokyo and Japan come together.”

The Mascot Selection Panel will now decide names for the winning mascots, which will make their official debut in July or August 2018.

The designer of the winning mascots is Ryo Taniguchi. Born in 1974, Taniguchi lives in Fukuoka, in southern Japan. He graduated as an art major from Cabrillo College in California, in the United States, and is currently active as a character designer/illustrator. His work has been featured by companies and at exhibitions in Japan.

Taniguchi and the two runners-up – Kana Yano (Design Set B) and Sanae Akimoto (Design Set C) – attended the ceremony, with each receiving an award.

 

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Tokyo 2020; Shortlisted mascot designs unveiled

Image: © The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Today, three mascot designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled. From December 11 to February 22, school childeren will vote from the shortlist. The winner will be announced in February 2018.

You can read the press release by TOCOG here.
More info: Tokyo 2020 Mascot competition website.

 

Video selection process

The selection process to the final three shortlisted entries. (Video by Tokyo2020 on YouTube)

 

Video design candidates movie

From a total of 2,042 applications, 3 Mascot Design candidates have been chosen. Elementary school students across Japan will select the winning Tokyo 2020 Mascot! If you were an elementary school student, who would you select? (Video by Tokyo2020 on YouTube)

Tokyo 2020; Mascot Design Competition Launched

The Tokyo 2020 Mascot Design Competition was launched earlier this week. You can read the press release by Tokyo2020 below. Or visit this page for more information.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Mascot Design Competition Now Open to Public!
1 August 2017

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today launched a competition inviting all residents of Japan to submit their own design proposals for the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. If you’re living in Japan, from today until Monday 14 August you can design your own set of mascots and submit these via the Tokyo 2020 website. So it’s time to let those creative juices flow and get designing – yours could be the winner!

To mark the competition’s kick-off, Tokyo 2020 held a ceremony at Kuramae Elementary School in Asakusabashi in Tokyo today that was attended by over 200 excited schoolchildren. At the event, four-time Olympian Ai Sugiyama and three-time Paralympian Aki Taguchi mingled with the children and shared their stories and experiences of being athletes and competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In May this year, Tokyo 2020 announced a cool new method they will use to select the winner of the design competition. A Tokyo 2020 mascot review panel will select a shortlist from the submitted design sets by the beginning of December, and schoolchildren at every elementary school across the country, including international schools, will be able to cast their vote and select their preferred set of designs. Tokyo 2020 will select the design set which attracts the largest number of classroom votes and announce the winner in March 2018. It will be a great way to directly involve young people in the Games’ preparations!

At today’s event, children counted down to noon, and as chairperson of the Mascot Selection Panel Ryohei Miyata beat a ceremonial gong, they cheered the announcement that the design entry website was now open. Two cheerleading squads performed in front of the schoolchildren and guests to celebrate the occasion.

Miyata commented, “Japanese mascots are loved by many people around the world. You and your classmates will select the best mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. We are going to ask all elementary school children in Japan to play this important role. We hope many people will enter this competition starting today”

A “creative brief” with a comprehensive set of design guidelines and criteria is available for applicants for download here:

Entry requirement (PDF: 1.1 MB)

Tokyo 2020; Press release: Tokyo 2020 Launches Mascot Design Competition

From The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games:

Tokyo 2020 Mascot Design Competition will be Open to the General Public and Elementary Schoolchildren will Select the Winners!

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has today announced its plan to have the Games’ official mascots decided by means of a national competition. Members of the public in Japan will be invited to submit mascot design proposals, following which a shortlist of designs will be reviewed and voted on by elementary schoolchildren across the country.

Did you know that mascots are a very popular element of modern Japanese culture? They are usually created to promote a particular region, event or business, and are often used by local governments or other organisations to stimulate tourism and economic development, or by companies to promote their corporate identity.

The mascots selected for each Olympics and Paralympics have become a much-loved feature of the Games too. They add to the excitement surrounding the Games, they communicate the values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements and they reflect the culture of the host country

All residents of Japan will be invited to submit their personal mascot designs through Japanese- and English-language websites. A “creative brief” with a comprehensive set of design guidelines and criteria is being made available for applicants, who will need to submit designs for both Olympic and Paralympic mascots. A Tokyo 2020 mascot review panel will select a shortlist from the submitted design sets, and this will be reviewed and voted on by elementary school classes nationwide. Tokyo 2020 will select the design set which attracts the largest number of classroom votes.

Said Yoshiko Ikoma, Vice Chairperson of the Mascot Selection Process Panel, “Given the importance of mascots in modern Japanese culture, we always knew there would be huge public interest in the selection of the Tokyo 2020 mascot. We think this process gives the public – and especially schoolchildren – a unique opportunity to participate in the design and selection process.”

The timeline for the design and selection process will be as follows:

– August 1 to 14, 2017 – design submission period (submission via a special website)
– December 2017 – mascot panel selects shortlist of design sets
– December 2017 to January 2018 – elementary school children vote on the shortlist
– March 2018 – design set with the largest number of votes is announced as the winner
– July to August 2018 – mascot panel decides names for the winning mascots

 

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PyeongChang 2018; Meet the mascots!

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Today, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) unveiled the official mascots for the 2018 Olympic an Paralympic Games.

 

Olympic Games – White Tiger – Soohorang

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Paralmypic Games – Asiatic Black Bear – Bandabi

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Rio 2016; “Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic mascots named Vinicius and Tom by public vote”

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Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic mascots named Vinicius and Tom by public vote

With 44 per cent of valid votes, names pay tribute to Brazilian musicians Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim

 

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots have been named. The Olympic mascot will be called Vinicius and the Paralympic mascot will be called Tom. The names were chosen by a public vote that was conducted over the past three weeks, since the mascots were unveiled. A total of 323, 327 votes were cast.

The names, which received 44 per cent of valid votes, pay tribute to Brazilian musicians Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim. They were part of the group that created Bossa Nova, the musical movement that got the whole world singing about the beauty of Rio de Janeiro. Together, De Moraes and Jobim wrote The Girl from Ipanema, one of the most-played songs of all time.

Vinicius and Tom were chosen ahead of the other two shortlisted pairs of names: Oba and Eba, and Tiba Tuque and Esquindim.
Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman said the public had chosen names that reflect the character of the Rio 2016 Games. “The names of Vinicius and Tom are recognised worldwide as a synonym for excellence, which is in line with what we want to achieve with the Rio 2016 Games,” he said. “In addition to representing the Brazilian fauna and flora, our mascots also connect to the best of our music. We are certain that they will be an inspiration to the youth.”

Rio 2016 Brand Director Beth Lula said: “The choice of the names Vinicius and Tom adds even more ‘Brazilianness’ to our mascots, which are ambassadors of the Games. Their role is to share the messages of the event and the values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements with various audiences, especially children and youth.”

The origin of the Rio 2016 mascots blends fiction and reality. According to the story, on 2 October 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was elected to host the Games, the great explosion of joy amongst Brazilians was felt by nature and from this energy the mascots were born.

Vinicius, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games mascot, represents all of the different animals in Brazil. He combines the agility of cats, the sway of monkeys and the grace of birds. He can stretch his arms and legs as much as he wants and has a very acute sense of smell and amazing powers of hearing

Tom, the Paralympic mascot, is a fusion of plants found in Brazilian forests. He is energised by photosynthesis and can pull any object from his head of leaves. He is always growing and overcoming obstacles, and believes there is no challenge that cannot be solved. Find out more about where the mascots came from and who they are by clicking here.

 

Source: Rio2016.com

 

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