TOKYO: On Sunday, Japan unveiled the names of its mascots for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively. Miraitowa and Someity – the smiling, waving mascots were ready for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
"Miraitowa", a blue and white checked character will appear at the Olympic Games, while "Someity", a pink and white checked character will be seen at the Paralympic Games, CNN reported.
As per the report of The Guardian, the names were revealed as the pair stepped out to a cheering crowd in the Japanese capital for the first time on Sunday, just over two years before the Games begin.
The organisers of Tokyo 2020 Games also shared pictures of the two creatures on Twitter.
"??It's official! The name of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot is #MIRAITOWA and #SOMEITY as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games mascot! Comment down below and Say Hi to our official mascots!" the organisers tweeted.
Miraitowa, when broken into two Japanese words, means future (mirai) and eternity (towa), while Someity is named after the cherry blossom variety "Someiyoshino" that is grown in Japan.
In December last year, the organisers of Tokyo 2020 Games had released a list of mascot pairs and asked Japanese schoolchildren in the country and Japanese schools outside Japan to choose the best mascots.
Over 16,700 schools had participated in the voting process, as per the report.
In February, the two futuristic creatures were unveiled without names.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 24 to August 9, while the Paralympics are slated to take place from August 25 to September 6.