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Nagano 1998 Olympic Games mascots

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The term “Snowlets” was not chosen at random by the creators of these mascots. Indeed, “Snow” refers to the winter season in which the OG were taking place, while “lets” makes us think of “let’s” – inviting everyone to join in the Olympic festival. And, of course, “owlets” is the name for young owls.

The choice of the owl is also interesting: it is an animal that is revered as the embodiment of the wisdom of the woods. The choice of a quartet of mascots represented the four-year cycle of the Olympic Games. Finally, the owls’ names (Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki) have a whimsical little secret: the two first letters of each name, when put together, are pronounced as “snowlets” in Japanese.

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