The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have sent information to elementary schools in Japan, offering students the chance to participate in a vote for the official 2020 ...
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A few years ago Maywa Denki released a toy that would go on to storm the world and win a major award. It was the Otamatone, a curious tadpole-shaped electronic synthesizer that you played by moving ...
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The latest example of a regional Japan promotional video hoping to go viral is this one from Oji in Nara Prefecture, which features a flying dog. The drone-dog flies around the area, "walking in ...
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If drawing attention to a Japanese city or region is the purpose of the yuuru-kyara mascot, consider Mr. Kure's mission accomplished. This blue, kanji-emblazoned fuzzball may well be the most fly of ...
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Japan's most famous movie monster will steal your money!
From traditional instruments to the National Theatre mascot, you've never seen Piko Taro done quite like this. The curiously attired Piko Taro recently returned with a follow-up to his global ...
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In Japan, even the police have their own moe cute mascot characters. The Japanese metropolitan police has a "crime deterrence measures" department. While that sounds very serious, in Japan that ...
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Everything you ever wanted to know and see about Funassyi in one place? Then head to the Parco Museum at Shibuya Parco Part 1 from April 24th for "Funassyi Fantasy World", the first exhibition by the ...
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Hello Kitty is no stranger to spin-offs and tie-ups. But this one is pretty innovative. Sanrio's iconic cat character has teamed up with Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company for an exhibition in ...
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These "ear pets" are mini dogs that come in two halves: one for each ear!
It was surely just the next logical step: Funassyi the anime is here. A series of animated shorts will premiere on March 30th on Nippon TV's Sukkiri starring the yellow pear ...
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If you like unusual RC toys and if you like yuru-kyaru (Japanese mascots), then these two things are about to come crashing together in amazing style with this R/C Tractor Kumamon from ...
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Yes, Japan's most famous unofficial mascot, that lovable jumping yellow pear Funassyi now has a kid brother. If you believed Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture already had enough mascots with just one, ...
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It generated enough headlines when it opened and now it will surely get some more. The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku Kabukicho launched in late 2012 on a wave of publicity, not least for its ...
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Stress relief inspired by traditional Japanese sports
Funassyi just can't be stopped. The pear (nashi) character that famously started off as an unofficial yuru-kyara mascot for Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture has become so popular that he now has his own ...
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Tears. Tantrums. And a yuru-kyara mascot character. The Public Affairs Section/Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has produced a very original video promoting studying abroad in ...
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Japan is a country that seems to inspire more than its far share of stereotypes and myths. The overseas media is also complicit in perpetuating many of the images of Japan that make it seem weird, ...
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