Meet Miraitowa, The Official Mascot For Tokyo Olympics 2021

According to reports, The first half of the word Miraitowa, Mirai, means Future in Japanese. The second half, Towa, on the other hand, means Eternity.

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August 1, 2021

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The official mascot For Tokyo Olympics 2021 has been finalised, and it is called Miraitowa. As per reports, it was created by an artist named Ryo Taniguchi. The design was reportedly selected from as many as 2,042 entries that were submitted for a competition held for approval of the same. Miraitowa was selected on February 28. The mascot’s name and colours hold a deep cultural significance in Japan.

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According to reports, The first half of the word Miraitowa, Mirai, means future in Japanese. The second half, Towa, on the other hand, means eternity. The blue and white checkered patterns on the mascot are a reflection of Japanese culture and society and are quite popular in the country.

Mascot Miraitowa can reportedly teleport from the real world to the digital world as well. The first-ever public appearance of Miraitowa was alongside paralympic mascot Someity in Hibiya, in Modern Tokyo.

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Another development related to Tokyo Olympics is that the Japanese government may ban spectators from attending various events. This decision has been taken keeping the sudden surge of Covid-19 cases in mind two weeks before the games. As per reports, Japan’s Health Minister, Shigeru Omi said in a meeting that the Olympics need to conducted on a smaller scale, as much as possible. He said that those who are involved with the events need to enter the venue but on as smaller a scale as possible. This is important in order to not send ‘mixed signals’.

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The Olympic relay events have also been banned from Tokyo. Earlier, they were scrapped from the cities of Kyoto and Hiroshima, fearing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. These relay events will be replaced by private flame lightning ceremonies, which will be streamed online until the opening ceremony on July 23.

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