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 ...