Tokyo 2020 mascots greet the public

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-07-22 16:27
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa and Paralympic mascot Someity wave on stage during the mascots' debut in Tokyo, Japan, July 22, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

TOKYO - The mascots for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games made their first appearance before the public on the naming ceremony here on Sunday.

The blue-and-white Olympic mascot was named Miraitowa, a combination of Japanese words meaning future (Mirai) and eternity (towa).

The pink-checkered Paralympics mascot was named Someity, which comes from the design of its appearance, Somei Yoshino, a most popular variety of cherry blossom in Japan. The pronunciation of its name is also similar to "so mighty" in English.

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