Embassies using mascots as ambassadors

Oct 18, 2013

Embassies using mascots as ambassadors

by May Masangkay

With the Japanese public smitten with adorable or bizarre costumed characters created to promote localities or events, some foreign embassies are not missing out on the chance to catch a ride on the massive mascot boom. Collectively called “yuru-chara,” which translates as “loose or ...

It's a kid's world at Festa 2013

Aug 31, 2013

It's a kid's world at Festa 2013

by Masaaki Kameda

Children enjoyed intercultural experiences ranging from Thai vegetable carving to learning Sri Lanka’s Sinhala alphabet Saturday in Tokyo. Children’s International Festa 2013, held at Yebisu Garden Place in Shibuya Ward, provided kids with opportunities to learn about different cultures around the world through hands-on ...