Source: Facebook/Olympic Channel Tokyo 2020 Olympics Holding Mascot Design Contest, Offering ¥1 Million Prize 2017-05-24 Wed 2018-04-18 Wed While anime character heavyweights such as Goku, Luffy, Sailor Moon, and Naruto have been named as official "ambassadors" of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, an official mascot has yet to be selected. That's because the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organizing Committee is offering one lucky winner the chance to design the mascot themselves, with 1,000,000 yen ($8,975 USD) for the winner, and 100,000 yen ($896 USD) for finalists as incentive. Source: IOC/IPC/Tokyo2020 Guidelines state that the contest is open to both Japanese and foreign residents of Japan, and applicants are required to submit a mascot design for both the Olympic and Paralympic games with a text profile of the characters. As many will be familiar with, Japan has a strong fondness for mascots (so much that there is even a national contest to declare the best regional mascot), and the Olympics Organizing Committee is hoping that a mascot for the 2020 games can excite fans and welcome athletes. For that reason, it's asked that the mascot represent Japanese cultural heritage. Source: YouTube The Japan Times reports comments from Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa, explaining the cultural importance of the mascot: "The Olympic mascot, which welcomes athletes and visitors from around the world, has a symbolic role. It is a great opportunity for all Japanese children to learn about cohesive society and the principles of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which celebrate peace. So how will those kids learn? Well, that's the best part. While the selection committee will announce three to four finalists in December, elementary schoolchildren from across Japan will vote for the winner. The name of the mascot will be handled by professional selectors, after processing feedback. Submissions can be filed between August 1st and August 14th, and applicants must 18 and older to apply (those younger than that can apply with a guarantor). Specific guidelines can be accessed here, and you can read more about the contest at the official site. By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:h/t: Japan Times / Tokyo 2020 / Tokyo2020 Mascots / Facebook/Olympic Channel / 浜松の「家康くん」が優勝 ゆるキャラＧＰ Tags: 2020 Olympics / Art / Contests / Design / Illustrations / Japan / Mascots / Olympics / Prize / Tokyo 2020 / Tokyo Olympics grape Japan Art Tokyo 2020 Olympics Holding Mascot Design Contest, Offering ¥1 Million Prize Related Article Japan’s popular Tokyo Banana teams up with Pokémon for new “fluffy” Eevee flavor Fender releases Neon Genesis Evangelion guitar picks modeled after Asuka Traditional Japanese Worker Pants Get A Denim Samurai Makeover One Japanese TV Channel Reacted To Trump’s Victory Very Differently Than Other Networks Japanese Twitter user’s rescued “puppy” ends up being something else entirely Japanese Farmers Want To Win Your Love With Heart-Shaped Fruit!