Women lauded for success of Miyazaki mascot maker

National Sep 24, 2017

Women lauded for success of Miyazaki mascot maker

For Hiromi Kano, head of a well-known Japanese mascot maker, the company's costumed characters not only bring joy to people but also signify the labor of love performed by her all-female staff. "Just as important as the happiness of customers is the happiness of our ...

Judging of Tokyo Games mascot competition to be streamed online

National Jun 20, 2017

Judging of Tokyo Games mascot competition to be streamed online

The judging of the public design competition to choose the official mascot of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be broadcast online to ensure fairness and transparency, according to the games' organizing committee. It remains to be seen what phase of the selection process will be ...

Funassyi mascot shop changing the image of character goods

National Dec 14, 2015

Funassyi mascot shop changing the image of character goods

A merchandise store for Japan's popular "pear fairy" mascot Funassyi is overturning the image of character goods being childish and proving a hit with female customers. Funassyiland Select Harajuku, a permanent merchandise store featuring the unofficial mascot of the city of Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, opened ...