For the first time in the history of the Games, the voting of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots was done by primary schoolchildren. Schools from all around Japan joined the voting and the result was finally announced on Wednesday, 28 February 2018!
In selecting the Tokyo 2020 Games mascots, we have initiated voting by primary school students across the country - a first in the history of the Games. This was a valuable chance for the children to get directly involved with the 2020 Games. We hope that through casting the votes, more schools will participate in the Games education programme in the future.
Based on the information on the postcard, primary schools and other participating schools around Japan completed preliminary registrations on the voting website.
We have presented the three final candidates of the Tokyo 2020 Games mascots. At the showcase of the final candidates held at the Shibuya Ward Kaketsuka Primary School, children's cheers broke out around the venue as they counted down to unveil the mascots designs. They then immediately started talking excitedly with friends about which one they would choose.
Each class discussed which design to choose and, collectively, decided on one.
To help learn the Olympic and Paralympic Principles and the meaning of the mascots as a class, we have prepared a lesson plan for teachers and reference materials.
A representative from the schools entered the results of voting from each class on the voting website.
We are planning visits by the Tokyo 2020 Games mascots to select schools after August 2018.
A total of 16,769 schools from around Japan and abroad voted! Thank you.
We are sharing comments from school teachers and children who took part in the voting.
The schools that took part in the Mascots voting will receive the following as a token of appreciation:
Here is the list of schools that won.
In order to support elementary school students' mascots voting, Tokyo 2020 approved the official mascots voting announcement by local governments as a Tokyo 2020 supporting programme.
From 16 November 2017 to 22 February 2018, a total of 233 municipalities across the country officially announced the mascots voting. Some of the local governments that made the announcement invited Tokyo 2020 to visit the local schools while using the Tokyo 2020 official recognition mark for mascots voting or the Tokyo 2020 support mark.