Tokyo unveils Miraitowa and Someity as 2020 Olympics mascots

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The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were named during a ceremony in the Japanese capital on Sunday.

The Olympic mascot, a blue-checked pointy-eared figure, was named as Miraitowa — combining the Japanese words ‘mirai’, meaning future, and ‘towa’, which means eternity.

The Paralympic counterpart, who is pink-checked and wears a cape, was named Someity after a variety of cherry blossom called Someiyoshino. Games organisers also said the name sounded similar to “so mighty” in English.

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