Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee) has established a Mascot Selection Process Panel. The panel has deliberated on the process for the selection of the Tokyo 2020 Games mascots, and decided that a competition open to the public should be held for the design of the mascots.
As the Tokyo 2020 Games mascots will be the first mascots ever in Japan for an edition the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games they will hold historical significance. The mascots will play a vital role in building momentum and excitement at Games venues and other locations, and stuffed toys and animations of the mascots will make an important contribution to evoking a sense of affinity with the Games.
We are delighted to offer everyone the opportunity to design the mascots that will become the faces of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Please note that we plan to provide regular updates on application procedures and information on the selection process on this website.
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Information regarding applications for the designs of the Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots Competition
Before creating your own mascot designs and submitting your entry, please watch the introductory video below, and carefully read through the Application Procedure and Important Points regarding Applications to the Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots Competition. We look forward to receiving your entry!
Important Points regarding Applications to the Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots Competition
- Applicants will access to the entry website from the Tokyo 2020 Games Official Site to submit the designs.
- Details of the entry website details will be announced in July 2017 on Tokyo 2020 Games Official Site. The entry site will be available to access from noon on August 1st, 2017.
- Entries must be submitted through the official entry site. Entries submitted by email, post, or by hand will not be accepted.
Please submit your entry through the entry site during the period stated below.
1 August 2017 (Tuesday) at noon – 14 August 2017 (Monday) at noon
Please note that we anticipate a large number of entries on or shortly before the closing date, and you may experience difficulties accessing the website during such times. You are therefore advised to submit your entry as early as possible.
FAQ for Applications
FAQ regarding applications to the Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots Competition
Messages from members of the Tokyo 2020 Mascot Selection Process Panel
Ryohei Miyata – Chair of the Mascot Selection Process Panel
I am Ryohei Miyata, Commissioner for Cultural Affairs. We are delighted that the competition for the design of the Tokyo 2020 Games mascots will be open to everyone. We look forward to receiving outstanding mascot designs that will be widely acclaimed by both the Japanese public and the wider international community. We can't wait to see your masterpieces. I myself am an artist, so I know that creating a real work of art is impossible without inspiration. I would like to take this opportunity to urge you all to create inspirational mascot designs and wish you all the very best of luck.
Izumi Hayashi(Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Sakurazaka Law Offices, Visiting professor at Chuo Law School)
I am a lawyer, and my particular responsibility as a member of the Mascot Selection Panel is ensuring that there are no problems from an intellectual property perspective. The panel has held extensive discussions regarding the selection process. As a result, we have decided that we would like to hold a mascot design competition that is open to the public to enable as many people as possible to submit their mascot designs. I very much hope that many, many people will take on the challenge of designing mascots for the 2020 Games, and we look forward to receiving all your entries.
Shoko Nakagawa (Singer, TV character)
I believe that Japanese animation, manga, characters, games and pop culture have the power to bring smiles to the faces of people around the world. I really hope that you will all pour your hearts and souls into creating enchanting character designs that will go down in history and be loved by people throughout the world.
I'm really excited to be alive at a time when the Olympic and Paralympic Games are coming to Tokyo, and I think it's really wonderful to have the chance to create mascots that will take their place in the annals of history. I firmly believe that the people of Japan have the creative and emotional power to bring happiness to countless numbers of people.
I hope you will all make the best use of your artistic skills and pour your love into your mascot designs. We look forward to receiving lots and lots of entries!
Takeshi Natsuno (Guest Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)
Japan is world famous for its characters, and we are really looking forward to seeing your fantastic mascot designs that will amaze the world.
Aki Taguchi (Japanese national shooting team for the Paralympics, Director of Paralympians Association of Japan)
I am Aki Taguchi, a Paralympian. At each edition of the Paralympic Games I have competed at, I have always brought souvenirs home with me, and the mascots bring back so many wonderful memories. The mascots don't only bring the athletes together but also connect people throughout the world. We are looking forward to receiving designs for mascots that will be loved by young and old alike. Good luck to you all!
19 June 2017Third Meeting of the Mascot Selection PanelThe panel discussed the composition of judges for the design check phase of the selection process, and whether or not to conduct a live relay of the selection panel at work.
5 June 2017Second Meeting of the Mascot Selection PanelThe panel discussed the selection criteria, details of the selection process, And the voting procedure at elementary schools.
22 May 2017Inaugural Meeting of the Mascot Selection PanelThe Mascot Selection Panel welcomed new members and held its inaugural meeting.
22 May 2017Tokyo 2020 Mascot Design Competition will be Open to the General Public and Elementary Schoolchildren will Select the Winners!
24 April 2017Eighth Meeting of the Mascot Selection Process Panel
14 March 2017Seventh Meeting of the Mascot Selection Process Panel
6 March 2017Sixth Meeting of the Mascot Selection Process Panel of mascots
23 February 2017Fifth Meeting of the Mascot Selection Process Panel
13 February 2017Forth Meeting of the Mascot Selection Process Panel
6 February 2017Third Meeting of the Mascot Selection Process Panel
27 January2017Second Meeting of the Mascot Selection Process Panel
17 January 2017First Meeting of the Mascot Selection Process Panel