FAQ for Applications
Mascots design concept
A :.There is no particular order of priority for the Olympic and Paralympic values, the Tokyo 2020 Games Vision or the key phrase. You are free to select only one or several of the above. Please refer to the values to guide the creation of your design and demonstrate your own originality and creativity.
A :.The Tokyo 2020 Games Vision outlines the guiding principles for the delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Games. For further details on the Tokyo 2020 Games Vision, please visit: https://tokyo2020.jp/en/games/vision/
Application qualifications and number of entries per applicant
A :.Either during the selection process or when selected as the winning entry, we may request applicants to provide certain documentation for proof of identity. Such documents may include the applicant's driving license, certificate of residence, an official copy of the family register, or a copy of the applicant's passport.
Mascot design production methods
Entry submission format
A :.We have not produced a specific design template. Applicants are free to create their designs as they wish, but are requested to ensure their designs are submitted on a sheet of A4 size paper (horizontal). Please also note that to comply with the selection criteria, applicants' designs must be submitted on paper with a white background.
A :.Each of the following design proposals should be submitted on a separate sheet of A3 size paper (displayed horizontally): 1) Mascot basic design proposal; 2) Basic design of six cross-sectional views of mascots; 3) Mascots' facial expressions; and 4) Mascot designs for different sports. With regard to the mascots' profiles, the production concept and the mascots' distinguishing characteristics should each be written on a separate sheet of A4 size paper.
A :.In this competition, we are not requesting hand-drawn designs, but mascot designs that can be developed using a variety of digital tools and media. We envisage that the winning entry will be further developed, and for this reason we require all entries to be submitted on digital data. Scanned data of hand-drawn designs cannot be edited or modified; accordingly, we are only able to accept mascot designs created using drawing software.
Conditions for the creation of mascots
A :.From a design perspective, the mascots must not be easily confused with one another. Please ensure that your designs emphasise the differences between the two individual mascots, while also displaying a distinct relationship between the mascots that clearly identifies them both as being part of the same Tokyo 2020 Games. As an example of this, please refer to the mascots for the Rio 2016 Games.
A :.Please do not upload your submitted entry online or to a social media site. It is possible that a third party will see the design and apply to register the trademark rights/design rights, etc. of the design. This would prevent the design from being selected as the winning entry. However, it would not be a problem to make the fact that you have submitted an entry to the competition publicly known as long as the design itself is not made publicly available.
A :.You are not required to conduct a specialised search. When creating your design entry, please ensure that you do not knowingly copy, closely imitate or appropriate any elements - either wholly or partially - from the design of a third party without permission. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will conduct a verification process on the possible violation of existing copyrights or trademark rights.
Selection and announcement of results
A :.We plan to update information on the selection process to the dedicated Tokyo 2020 Mascot webpage at: https://tokyo2020.jp/en/games/mascot/
A :.Details on the selection criteria are contained in the document Important Points regarding Applications to the Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots Competition
Important Points regarding Applications to the Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots Competition (PDF: 1.1 MB)Important Points regarding Applications to the Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots Competition (PDF: 1.1 MB)
Prerequisite condition for selection
- Mascots must be expressed in accordance with the Tokyo 2020 Brand Development Policy
Other points for special consideration
- Designs that highlight typical aspects of Tokyo and/or Japan (symbolism)
- Designs that incorporate a high degree of originality and individuality (creativity)
- Outstanding from a design perspective (aestheticism)
- Designs that are able to be developed for use on various media including animations, licensed goods, for Games-related information, etc. (scalability)
- Designs which ensure that the essential image of the mascots is not lost or only minimally altered even when reproduced in different colours or monochrome, or when enlarged or reduced in size (reproducibility)
A :.The Tokyo 2020 Brand Development Policy serves as the development policy for the future visual expression of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Along with existing aspects of the Olympic Vision, Paralympic Vision and the Tokyo 2020 Games Vision, the policy has been formulated to exude a typically Tokyo or Japanese feel or flavor to the Games. Please refer to the policy to guide your designs.
A :.A class voting process will be conducted at elementary schools across Japan. When available, further information on this process will be uploaded to the Tokyo 2020 Mascots webpage: https://tokyo2020.jp/en/games/mascot/
A :.When selecting the winning entry or shortlisted entries, we may be required to contact the applicant to request modifications to the designs or profiles. The Tokyo 2020 Mascot Selection Panel will examine and decide on the particular circumstances in which modifications may be required, who will make the modifications, and the extent of the required modifications.
A :.The checks may be made to prove the originality of the submitted designs if, during the selection process or after the designs have been selected as the winning entry, it is discovered that the designs closely resemble an existing design. You are therefore kindly requested to ensure you keep all sketches, designs, etc. used during the design production process.
Information on submitted entries
Licensing of mascots
A :.As specified in the document Important Points regarding Applications to the Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots Competition, it is a condition of the competition that the applicant agrees to waive, without compensation, any rights pertaining to the winning designs. When the winning designs are used for commercial purposes, the winning applicant shall not be entitled to any royalties, and shall not have his/her name included on, in or with the product.