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Thursday, March 1, 2018

2020 Tokyo Olympic Mascots

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic committee has unveiled the two mascots for its upcoming summer Olympic games…  the blue as-yet-unnamed critter is the Olympics mascot, while the pink as-yet-unnamed critter is the Paralympics mascot.

Let’s hope that they are gender neutral and don’t follow the old-fashioned stereotype of blue for a male, and pink for a female. Please… please avoid the stereotype while we follow the Japanese stereotype of “cuteness”… which is okay in this case because we are talking about mascots.

See HERE (my blog) for full description on the whole mascot selection process.

For those too lazy to check that out, note that between December 11, 2017 and February 22, 2018, some 6.5 million of its primary school students had the The opportunity to look at the remaining designs - and then, as a class, provide a single vote for one of the design pair.

International schools in Japan, as well as Japanese schools overseas, were also included in the voting process.

At this time, as mentioned, no names have been issued to the mascots… How about Pat and Chris or Sam and Dean, no not Dean… not Ralph and Sam… I suppose it should be Japanese… but ensure it’s easy to pronounce.

Avoid names that use letters that do not exist in the three Japanese alphabets: IE: no “V” or “L”. So no “A-ru-fa ando Omega… Alpha and Omega… though Omega is a good gender neutral name that everyone can pronounce.

Avoid any name that ends in a consonant other than “N”. No Ma-ri-Ri-n-gu-wa-ru-do … that’s Molly Ringwald. I have no idea why she popped into my head. But she did.
Perhaps the first redhead I ever crushed on. Either her or Porsche Lynn the porno actress.
Avoid the stereotypes of “Ninja” and “Samurai”, or take any cues from televisions shows like Jake and the Fatman…
I preferred William Conrad (below) in Cannon. Did you know he also narrated narrated the television cartoon adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (1959–1964) and The Fugitive (1963–1967)? Awesome!
The Fat Man was also the name of the atomic bomb that exploded over Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945:


Anyhow… we’ll leave things into the capable hands of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic committee.

By doing that, I may have another fun blog to write.

Until then… well done students of Japan… you made a choice, which is good, and a good choice, too.

Banzai,
Andrew Joseph

2 comments:

  1. No "V" in the name? Darn... there goes my idea of Beavis and Butthead.

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