The Yomiuri ShimbunThree sets of finalists for mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled Thursday before a vote by elementary school children nationwide.
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has picked the candidates from 2,042 sets of designs from the public.
Elementary school students will choose their favorite design from Dec. 11 through Feb. 22, with each class casting a single vote. The mascot with the most votes will win.
It is the first time in the history of the Olympic Games that a mascot will be chosen by elementary school children. The winner will be announced on Feb. 28.
The committee spent two months on trademark checks and other preparations.
Each of the three finalist proposals is a pair of mascots, one each for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Proposal A is a pair of characters with an iichimatsu moyo checkered pattern.
Proposal B pairs a character modeled on a lucky cat and an inari fox with one modeled on a guardian dog at a shrine.
Proposal C is a fox paired with a tanuki.
As of Thursday morning, a total of 4,150 schools were expected to join the vote from 47 prefectures and Japanese schools overseas. There are about 20,000 elementary schools with about 280,000 classrooms nationwide.
The committee is still now accepting participating schools.