Shoko Nakagawa: "I think they are wonderful names that fit with these mascots."
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced the names for the official mascots for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, "MIRAITOWA" for the Olympic and "SOMEITY" for the Paralympic, at the debut event held in Tokyo on July 22.
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! pic.twitter.com/5AAYnsabKH— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) 2018年7月22日
The comittee explains the reason for selection of their names as below:
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot's name was revealed as Miraitowa (pronounced mee-rah-e-toh-wa), based
on the Japanese words mirai (future) and towa (eternity) combined. This name was chosen to promote a future
full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot's name was revealed as Someity, (pronounced soh-may-tee) which comes
from someiyoshino, a popular cherry blossom variety, and additionally echoes the English phrase “so mighty”.
Someity has tactile cherry blossom sensors and exhibits enormous mental and physical strength. It represents
Paralympic athletes who overcome obstacles and redefine the boundaries of what is possible.
The designs of the two mascots were chosen from the six candidates by the votes of 205,755 classrooms
from 16,769 elementary schools across Japan, held between December 2017 and February 2018.
From 162,042 submissions, the six candidates were picked by the 14 members of the Mascot Selection
Examination Council, including 33-year-old otaku idol Shoko Nakagawa, aka Shokotan. Soon after the
announcement for the two's official names, she released her comment via her agency:
"MIRAITOWA and SOMEITY, they are neat, cute, cool, and unique to Japan. I think they are wonderful
names that fit with these mascots. I hope their names will be loved by the children in the whole world
and will remain in the history forever. Watching their birth from zero as a member of the council has
become a very important experience in my life. I will keep thinking about what I can do to support
the Tokyo 2020 events more."