Kumamon product sales top ¥100 billion in 2015 for first time

National Mar 3, 2016

Kumamon product sales top ¥100 billion in 2015 for first time

Sales of products featuring Kumamoto Prefecture's popular Kumamon black bear mascot surpassed ¥100 billion in 2015 for the first time, the prefectural government has said. The figure, released Wednesday, represented the fifth straight year of record sales for such products since the local government began ...

Kumamon, governor tickle the ivies

National Nov 13, 2013

Kumamon, governor tickle the ivies

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima on Tuesday took Kumamon to Harvard to give a lecture at one of America's most prestigious universities on how the cuddly black bear mascot has helped "maximize the overall happiness" of the prefecture's residents. Later at Fenway Park in nearby Boston, ...

Kumamoto mascot Kumamon greets Imperial Couple

National Oct 28, 2013

Kumamoto mascot Kumamon greets Imperial Couple

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were greeted by Kumamoto Prefecture's official mascot, the popular black bear character called Kumamon, at the prefectural office Monday. The Imperial Couple, who have been visiting the prefecture since Saturday, thanked Kumamon for his display of comical movements. After being introduced ...

National May 21, 2013

Kumamon mascot to visit France

Kumamon, the official black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, will visit France in July to take part in the Japan Expo, local officials said Monday. Kumamon, one of Japan's most popular regional promotional mascots, will be making its European debut at the culture and entertainment ...

Kumamon mascot sees surge in 2012 product sales

National Mar 1, 2013

Kumamon mascot sees surge in 2012 product sales

Sales of products featuring Kumamon, the official black bear mascot for Kumamoto Prefecture, swelled to at least ¥29.36 billion in 2012, about 11 times more than the previous year, officials said. Taking advantage of the boom, prefectural officials said a Kumamon song — the first ...