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Discover Traditional Japanese Crafts at These 2 Local Spots Near Narita Airport

There are many shops where you can discover traditional Japanese crafts on the way from Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo. Here we introduce two spots that primarily exhibit traditional crafts from Chiba Prefecture. Come and find your very own beautiful traditional craft item. 1. Chiba Prefectural Boso-no-Mura Photo provided by Chiba Prefecture Learn about Chiba’s…

Shopping in Kitakyushu? Here Are 8 Things to Buy in This Japanese City in 2018

Kitakyushu is an important urban center in Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, located in the southwestern part of Japan. There are plenty of unique places to visit and things to buy in this beautiful subtropical Japanese city, which is, in fact, the largest in entire Kyushu in terms of area. If you are…

Who Is Your Favorite Japanese Bus Mascot? Vote Now Before the Election Ends!

It’s that time of the year again – the time when people come together to cast a vote on their favorite mascots. This time, the first-ever Bus Character Championship will be held, giving every prefecture’s bus mascot a chance to be voted for by people online. Though most of these mascots are not that popular…

Check Out the Tokyo Police Mascot and His Adorable Safety Video for Kids!

Japan has mascots everywhere, from organizations to different varieties of events. They’ve been created to promote places, regions, businesses and the like. Even the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (警視庁) has a mascot! His name is Pipo-kun (ピーポくん). Pipo-kun is a little guy who looks like a mixture of different animals. He likes hovering on police…

Meet the Top 5 Japanese Mascots Who Won the Yuru-Chara Grand Prix 2016!

The Yuru-Chara Grand Prix is annually held in Japan where the public chooses their favorite yuru-chara i.e. costumed mascot characters representing local governments and companies. These characters are seen as a means to create awareness of and promote the local governments and corporations for tourism and business purposes. Online voting usually begins from July and…

Meet Sui Kizakura- Akita Prefecture’s Newest and Cutest Mascot!

Akita is a mountainous prefecture in Japan which is popular for its beautiful hot springs and rich nature. However, its declining birthrate has caused a stir in the prefecture’s future in the agricultural industry. In an attempt to attract younger people to visit or reside there, a new mascot is being introduced. Her name is…

Shikamaro-kun Choco-Mochi Sweets: Nara’s Delicious ’Deer Poop’ Souvenirs!

Anyone who knows me will be well aware of my slight obsession with Shikamaro-kun, the oh-so-cute yuru-chara (mascot) of the Nara City Tourist Association. As such, any sort of chocolatey snack with his face on it was a sure sell and I left Nara with a collection of Shikamaro-kun mochi sweets to try. Mochi Author’s…

Meet the Cute and Creepy Mascots of Beautiful Nara City!

Yuru-chara (ゆるキャラ) are mascot characters which are used to promote pretty much everything in Japan. These mascots are all over the place, promoting everything from cities and regions to products, chains and restaurants. Even the Immigration Bureau of Japan has its own cute character. Since 2010, there has been a yearly Yuru-chara Grand Prix to…

Meet Hikonyan, the Lovable Mascot from Hikone Prefecture, Japan!

I’m sure you have probably seen or heard of Funasshi, the popular pear mascot from Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture. Or even Kumamon, the mascot representing Kumamoto Prefecture.   xn--v8jva9a1a8c33c.blog.so-net.ne.jp/ With 47 prefectures in Japan and each one having a mascot to represent it, there is surely a popularity contest between the mascots. If you have…

Kumamon: Get To Know Japan’s Most Famous Mascot Better

Here in Japan, we have mascots for everything. Lovingly called Yuru-Kyara by the locals, nearly every commercial brand and even prefectures and municipalities in the country are represented by these cute characters. Name a location and I’ll bet you that they are represented by characters that are definitely cute and endearing. While mascots are not…