Mascots

Speaking of mascots (such as Kumamon), almost every city, company, museum, basically, any type of institution, has a mascot or “yuru-kyara” (loose character). Even our company has one: Chappe. Her hobbies are dreaming and taking showers.

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Chappe doing her best Marilyn Monroe-holding-her-skirt-down impersonation

 

While some of them are genuinely cute—Chiba-kun for instance—or in a way, smart—see Waseda University’s mascot, Okuma (big bear, but actually a play on words of Waseda founder Okuma Shigenobu); others, aren’t so much.

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Hachimaru, Nagoya City’s mascot character may be cute for some, or rather ugly as popular opinion seems to dictate.

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Hachimaru trying to smile and doing his best to ignore the shovel protruding from his head

 

But poor Hachimaru-kun’s aesthetic problems pale in comparison to these guys’:
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The Noppon Brothers

 

Tokyo Tower’s mascots, the Noppon Brothers look a little bit odd; almost as if they were an invitation to crack many rather racy and raunchy jokes about pleasure devices at their expense.

Oh, but then there’s F-Man (yeah, seriously), the mascot for the magazine Fukuoka Now. Most likely, whoever designed him was not aware of the connotations such a name like F-Man holds. Oh well, at least it’s funnier than the Liberal Democratic Party’s mascots.

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F-Man not giving an F  

Shinzo Abe and Shigeru Ishiba

Abe-kun and Shigeru-chan

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