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Beijing Olympics 2008 Mascots (3 of 3)

These pictures were taken about a month ago at the Honolulu Festival, a multi-cultural event. These were rather large representations of the 2008 Olympic Mascots that were walking around the Hawaii Convention Center during the festival. They appeared to be large plastic suits made out of the same kind of material a beach ball might be made of. They were likely inflated in much the same way. What was somewhat a concern to me was that there were actual people inside these suits and I wondered if they were able to breathe fresh air or just had to keep re-breathing the air the suit was filled with. None of the mascots seemed to be in any oxygen distress while I took these pictures. I didn't, however, watch them long enough to really see any of them do much but stand there. I'm assuming they all went home safely.

This mascot appearance occurred before the Free Tibet protests really began in earnest. As you can see, there wasn't any security for the mascots.

Find out more about the mascots and what they are here:
http://en.beijing2008.cn/spirit/beijing2008/graphic/n214068254.shtml
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Apr 11 2008 15:35 GMT Poulet PRO
They are cute!
Interesting info. as always!

Have a beautiful weekend, Pueo.
Apr 11 2008 18:23 GMT Minou
Cute - lovely shot !
Apr 11 2008 19:25 GMT Pueo PRO
Thanks Poulet.
Apr 11 2008 19:26 GMT Pueo PRO
Yes, they are pretty cute mascots.
Apr 11 2008 19:33 GMT Lensvision
Very colorful.
Apr 11 2008 19:43 GMT Pueo PRO
Yes, they're colored to match the colors in the Olympic Rings.
Apr 12 2008 09:01 GMT palakol
Colorful Series.. c",)
Apr 12 2008 09:08 GMT Pueo PRO
thanks palakol.
Apr 13 2008 18:05 GMT bennystr
Great colorful series!
Apr 13 2008 21:12 GMT Pueo PRO
thanks Benny
Apr 14 2008 16:53 GMT photocharles
the mascots-series are very good they are so sweet thank you also for your nice comments for our tomcats
Apr 14 2008 17:02 GMT charlotte
they look so nice, its sad thoug abouth tibet.
I think china might regret having the games.
Finaly some bigger support for tibet thats the good thing
Apr 14 2008 17:18 GMT Pueo PRO
Thanks photocharles!
Apr 14 2008 17:23 GMT Pueo PRO
Well, despite the tarnish the Tibet protests, I doubt China will give up its pride in hosting the olympic games.

I think the public sentiment, however, is that China really should acknowledge that what they're doing in Tibet is questionable and that negotiations for peace should be pursued.

We shall see.
Apr 15 2008 03:44 GMT Hamin PRO
What a statement !
Apr 15 2008 03:49 GMT Pueo PRO
The mascots are very visible, interesting, and attractive to children as you can see :).

Or are you referring to my ongoing commentary?

FT2