Japan needs your mascot: Get drawing, win cash

In the Aug. 30 Light Gist column, headlined “Mascots on a mission to explain the mundane,” Colin P. A. Jones explored the marvellous menagerie of mascots deployed by Japanese authorities to educate adults and children alike about the law and the workings of government.

Please drop us a line with your ideas for mascots to represent any branch of the Japanese bureaucracy, national or local. Alternatively, create one yourself and send in a JPEG file of your idea. If we decide to publish your illustration, contributors will be paid ¥5,000.

The top visual and written submissions will be published and/or interpreted by artist Chris Mackenzie alongside the Sept. 27 Light Gist column. Send your ideas to community@japantimes.co.jp by by 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23.