Japan's mascot competition ends after nine years

National Oct 3, 2020

Japan's mascot competition ends after nine years

The winner of this year's annual mascot competition will be hoping they attract as much international attention for the prize as Kumamoto Prefecture's Kumamon black bear-like mascot did after winning the inaugural event in 2011. The competition wraps up for the final time after ...

Coronavirus scuppers Kumamon's 10th birthday party celebrations

National Mar 12, 2020

Coronavirus scuppers Kumamon's 10th birthday party celebrations

Iconic mascot Kumamon, a cuddly black bear-like character that has gained worldwide fame, marked his 10th birthday on Thursday, although celebrations scheduled to be held on the weekend have been postponed in light of the spread of COVID-19. "Even if we can't meet now, our ...

Sales of Kumamon-brand goods hit record ¥158 billion in 2019

National Feb 28, 2020

Sales of Kumamon-brand goods hit record ¥158 billion in 2019

Products bearing the image of Kumamon, the black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, racked up sales of at least ¥157.9 billion ($1.4 billion) in 2019, the Kumamoto Prefectural Government said Friday. Sales have hit fresh records every year since 2011, when the prefectural government started ...

Iconic Japanese mascot Kumamon to become YouTuber

National Aug 22, 2018

Iconic Japanese mascot Kumamon to become YouTuber

Kumamon, the popular black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, will debut as a YouTuber next month, sharing online its experiences with sports, arts and crafts in multiple languages, the local government said Wednesday. Starting Sept. 3, a two-minute video featuring the official mascot of the ...

Smart ways to communicate

Digital | ON: TECH Dec 17, 2017

Smart ways to communicate

by Chiho Komoriya

The Babel fish stick When overseas, trying to speak an unfamiliar language can be a difficult and stressful task, especially if you're on a vacation and there isn't enough time to learn useful phrases before heading out. Logbar has a solution that sounds like science ...