Two years before the games begin, schoolchildren pose for photos with the costumed characters

Meet Miraitowa and Someity – the smiling, waving mascots charged with building excitement for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The names were revealed as the pair stepped out to a cheering crowd in the Japanese capital for the first time on Sunday, just over two years before the Games begin. In a country which doesn’t take half measures when it comes to cuddly promotional mascots, the two characters attempted to make a splash by hopping on a boat cruise to meet locals.

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