Here is a final selection of pictures of obscure mascots from the recent World Character Summit in Hanyu, Saitama.
Muzumuzu-kun, king of Imizu City. Bring back monastic rule and put this guy in charge!
Hinojagakun and Sainobuntakun
Sasadangon of Niigata (based on the local treat, sasadango) strikes a sexy pose. Phwoar!
The Honshu-Shikoku Bridge mascot is called Wataru. Wataru is a normal Japanese guy’s name, a peculiar choice for a being that looks like a mattress.
Ma-Kun and Ayumin
Sayama city’s cherubic Oripy.
Tomo is the mascot for Tomoe Milk in Koga City, Ibaragi. I got a free sample of the milk and it was very yummy.
Happy Hanyu Hanyu
“Happy Hanyu Hanyu” is the mascot of Hanyu General Hospital. Who knows what diabolical genetics experiments are going on there, if Happy is any indication?
Black Bancho is a super-cool squid from Itoigawa city.
Oke-Chan is a safflower in a kimono, and hails from Okegawa city in Saitama.(There is no shortage of mascots in Saitama.)
Niigata’s Mochi Usagi is bunny with a rice cake for a head. Is it bad that I am suddenly hungry?
This eerie and enigmatic figure is named Skinny, and that’s about all I know about him. The yuru-chara equivalent of Slenderman.
Papa Tako, the octopus mascot of Akashi city in Hyogo. He would make a good partner in crime for Black Bancho.
Koka City in Shiga is famous for all things ninja. Hence the mascot, Ninjaemon. It’s hard to imagine this character stealthily creeping into your house at midnight, though.