Spoiler alert: it’s filled with one human, 10 pounds of sweat, and at least a year’s worth of back pain.

Asian mascot characters can range from cute pink and poopy to horrifying licking monsters that you’d never want anywhere near you. But no matter the mascot, each one has the same thing in common: there’s a human underneath bringing it to life.

And thanks to Japanese Twitter user @karin_yui57, we finally get a glimpse inside one of the mascot characters… though unintentionally so. Watch the video below to see how Don-chan, the mascot from the Taiko no Tatsujin drum rhythm game, is actually operated:

“That awkward moment when you accidentally see the inside of Don-chan.”

I’m not sure what it is about that video, but as soon as Don-chan’t butt fell off, I couldn’t stop laughing. Maybe it was the woman screaming “Oh no! Don-chan!” or the mascot’s quick thinking to lean back and squat, or the fact that its bright shining face stared right at us as he was being repaired, but there was just something magical about it.

And then, of course, there was seeing the poor human inside of the costume. I don’t know what I expected (maybe two small people, one in front and one in back?), but it just looked extremely uncomfortable to be walking around like that. It reminds you that inside of every mascot costume is another human being, making the ultimate sacrifice to make children happy.

Japanese Twitter reacted by posting their own favorite mascot mishaps:

▼ The infamous Doraemon Decapitation of 2015.


▼ Rilakkuma, we know you’re lazy,
but at least keep your head on, geez.


“How about a Don-chan like this?”
Uh, no thanks!


▼ No thank you on this one either!

▼ The infamous shot, captured forever. And possibly perfectly
summing up Japanese mascots better than words ever could.

I don’t know about you, but I think some of those mascots are even giving the top fifteen most disturbing Japanese mascots a run for their money!

Source: Twitter/@karin_yui57 via My Game News Flash
Featured image: Twitter/@karin_yui57