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Ward Off Evil This 2017 With These 7 Unique Sushi Rolls From Japan!

In Japan, it is believed that when seasons change, people are more prone to be affected by the evil forces i.e. devils, so there is a need to ward off evil on the day before the beginning of the new season. As such, Setsubun (節分), which means the last day before spring, is an occasion…

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…

Who’s that lovable Black Bear we can see everywhere in Kumamoto?

Despite the bears name being derived from his hometown of Kumamoto, Kumamon is no small-time mascot unknown out of his city of origin. Kumamon products can be seen all over Japan; from humble beginnings, this big, black bear has risen to fame with a popularity that continues to grow. So who is Kumamon, and why…

The Cutest Japanese Prefecture Mascots

Did you know that every prefecture in Japan have their own mascot? They are called “Yuru-chara” in Japanese and are usually created to promote a place or region, event, organization, or business. They are characterized by their cute and unsophisticated designs, and often incorporating motifs that represent local culture, history or produce. They may be…