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 ...

Afghan Embassy plans to deploy mascots

National Apr 13, 2018

Afghan Embassy plans to deploy mascots

by Reiji Yoshida

If a public entity wants to promote itself in Japan, one of the most effective ways may be to create a yuru-kyara — a lovable mascot that catches people's hearts. And that's exactly what the Afghanistan Embassy in Tokyo is doing. A team of interns ...

Narita's Unari-kun named mascot of 2017

National / Media | Top Drawer Nov 25, 2017

Narita's Unari-kun named mascot of 2017

by Natsumi Komiyama

Unari-kun, the official mascot of Narita City in Chiba Prefecture, defeated 1,157 rivals from localities nationwide to win this year's Yuru-kyara Grand Prix title. Chiryuppi of Chiryu, Aichi Prefecture, and Torai-kun of Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, took second and third spots, respectively. Unari-kun is the special ...

Over 2,000 Olympic mascot design submissions received by deadline

National Aug 15, 2017

Over 2,000 Olympic mascot design submissions received by deadline

A total of 2,042 mascot design submissions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were received from the public, the games organizers announced Tuesday. According to the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, there were 1,774 individual submissions and 268 group submissions, with approximately 40 percent of the ...