The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were named during a ceremony in the Japanese capital on Sunday where they greeted the locals for the first time.

The Olympic mascot, a blue-checkered pointy-eared figure, was named Miraitowa — a combination of the Japanese words 'mirai', meaning future, and 'towa', which means eternity.

The Paralympic counterpart, who is pink-checkered and wears a cape, was named Someity after a variety of cherry blossom called Someiyoshino. Games organisers also said the name sounded similar to "so mighty" in English.

Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer. This browser is not updated by Microsoft and does not support the last technical evolutions. We encourage you to use another browser, such as Edge, Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.