The Tokyo Olympic Mascots Look Like Pokémon

Children across Japan voted for the Olympic mascots they liked best. Surprise! The two they picked resemble Pokémon.


That’s not just me, as others thought the mascots looked like Pocket Monsters.


The reaction is similar among Japanese Twitter users.

During the presentation announcing the winners, one slide features quotes from the kids that voted. One quote reads, “They’re cool because they look like video game characters.”


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


While we’re talking about sports event mascots, allow me to brag a little and share with you the mascots for 2018 Asian Games. Which will be held in Indonesia this summer.

They’re so well done for a locally designed mascot. I pass a lifesize figure of the totem pose on the right every morning during my work commute. Feeling real proud of it.