Olympics: Japan's Olympians share Pyeongchang experiences with fans

PyeongChang 2018 mascots dance during the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

However, they respect each other and they are very good friends.

With a futuristic blue and white chequered pattern, the Olympic mascot is described as having a special power allowing it to move anywhere instantaneously. It has a strong sense of justice and is very athletic, according to its description.

The winning design - penned by Ryo Taniguchi, an artist who graduated from Cabrillo College in California - was selected from a vote of kids from 16,769 elementary schools across Japan.

Organisers a year ago received more than 2,000 entries from the general public in a nationwide competition, from which they short-listed three pairs of designs in December.

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A total of 205,755 classes from 16,769 elementary schools, including global schools and Japanese schools overseas, participated in the selection process. "It can also move things by just looking at them".

The designer of the winning mascots is Ryo Taniguchi, who graduated as an art major from Cabrillo College in California, and is now active as a character designer/illustrator.

Mascots, locally known as "yuru-kyara" rake in a lot of moolah.

The pot-bellied, red-cheeked bear known as Kumamon - created in 2010 to promote Japan's southern Kumamoto region - raked in $8.8 million previous year for local businesses selling branded products.

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The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to August 9, 2020.

Designer Taniguchi will not, however, receive any royalties from mascot-related products because the contest regulations specified that all intellectual rights would go to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees, he said.

Here's more on the Olympic mascots.

The smiling, small brown bear whose full name was Mikhail Potapych Toptygin (Misha in short) has been considered the greatest ever Olympic mascot, which ironically featured at an event that was boycotted by 55 countries due to the Cold War.

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"I want to tell this to my beloved wife".


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