Mascots

Akihabara’s most popular anime girl mascot spokescharacter loses her job

After a decade as electronics stores’ mascot, Tsukumo-tan is unemployed.

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Tokyo’s newest mascot character is a rabbit who’s permanently sad【Photos】

But it’s not the rush hour crowds that have this Japan Railway bunny feeling blue.

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The terrifying monster logo for the Osaka world’s fair is born, immediately gets fan art

Believe it or not, the design is inspired by cherry blossoms.

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Black Lives Matter protests receive support from Japanese mascot Chiitan【Video】

Fairy baby otter has a few words to say about what’s happening in the U.S. right now. 

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Japanese mascots endangered by effects of coronavirus

Is there a place for melon bears and ninja yams in post-corona Japan?

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Japanese bank using cute stuffed animals to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus

Leaving extra space between yourself and other people is the safe, and in this case adorable, thing to do.

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Japanese mascot Shinjo-kun joins ChiiJohn for a trip to the U.S. to see John Oliver 【Video】

Two otters travel across the ocean to search for “He-John” in this funny and heartwarming video.

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We score an exclusive interview with viral Twitter star Otodo-chan, Kochi Aquarium’s scary mascot

Otodo-chan has been racking up likes and re-tweets for her impassioned PR pleas, seal-ing her fate as one of Japan’s top mascots!
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Optical illusion makes Japanese mascot move before our eyes without actually moving a pixel

Peopo-kun’s here to remind us how tragically naive our brains are.

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Kumamoto mascot Kumamon’s chance of being Olympic torch runner in jeopardy

Organizing committee seems to have a problem with a huge clumsy bear running around with an open flame.

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Otter mascot character Shinjo-kun kicks butt at Street Fighter tournament in full costume【Video】

Bubble-headed mammal quickly becoming the darling of Japanese pro-gaming.

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The cat returns! Giant cat sells sweet potatoes from a pussy wagon in Japan 【Pics & Video】

This cat likes to pull peace poses, stand on two feet and make a living selling hot potatoes.

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Free Chiitan! Japanese otter mascot starts new English account after total Twitter suspension

Campaign to free the Japanese fairy baby otter mascot from Twitter jail gathers momentum.

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Chiitan needs your help! Japanese mascot suspended on Twitter after John Oliver feud

Did British birb John Oliver just deliver a death blow to Chiitan the fairy baby otter?

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Chiitan vs John Oliver: Talk show host responds to Japanese mascot’s challenge to battle 【Video】

Oliver’s new mascot Chiijohn steals Chiitan’s best friend and now there’s beef to settle.

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Japan’s favorite city mascot goes on talk show, says it’s tired, wants to go back to Pear Land

Funasshi has had more than six years of celebrity fame, so maybe it’s time for the pear creature to have a little R&R.

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Chiitan’s management speaks out about copyright issues and future with Susaki City

Chiitan’s management claim a city rep in charge of happiness told them “permission wasn’t needed.”

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Japanese convenience store mascot is an otaku who lives with his mom, stuck in an entry-level job

Oh, and 29-year-old Famichiki Senpai is also an anthropomorphic piece of fried chicken with beefy human arms.

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It’s WAR! Susaki City demands Chiitan suspend all activities over copyright violation

This is an otter travesty.

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Chiitan, the self-injuring otter mascot, to get own animated series

You just can’t keep a good otter down.

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