The mascot for the Tokyo Games is called Miraitowa. The name is derived from two Japanese words: mirai (meaning future) and towa (meaning eternity). Miraitowa has the same chequered blue motif as the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem on its head and body. Between December 2017 and February 2018, primary schools in Japan took part in an Olympic and Paralympic mascot selection process and voted for their favourite designs.
The mascot for the 2022 Games in Beijing is called Bing Dwen Dwen. Bing (冰) is the Chinese character for ice, and Dwen Dwen (墩墩) is a Chinese moniker for children. Bing Dwen Dwen is a panda wearing an ice suit, which represents purity and strength. The heart on its left paw symbolises Chinese hospitality. The bright colours of the halo around its face represent ice and snow sport tracks, and the rings recall the shape of the National Speed Skating Oval. Resembling an astronaut, the mascot also illustrates the importance of new technologies for Beijing 2022.
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