Mascots

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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Chiitan the otter rejected as mascot character for Japan’s Susaki City due to reckless behavior

That adorable otter just took one too many blows to the head for the liking of city residents and officials.

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Japanese udon noodles mascot character imitates Banksy by shredding itself in a painting

Girl With Balloon artwork cutely followed by Udon With Balloon.

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics announces the winner of its adorable mascot election

All six candidates were cute enough to do the country proud, but these two are the winners.
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Chiitan the otter mascot poised for mainstream success with fun videos of everyday tasks

Enlightening clips show just how hard it is to do the simplest things when you’re a mascot.

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Tokyo Olympic committee comes up with clever way to let blind children help select Games’ mascots

Organizers find a way to let vision-impaired kids express their opinion of which of the adorable characters best represents Japan.

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Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics mascot finalists unveiled【Pics & Video】

These six mascots take their inspiration from sakura cherry blossoms, shrines, and Japanese fairy tales.

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Tokyo Metro’s official mascot stirs up debate with eye-catching appearance

The city’s subway operator can’t decide whether their mascot should look like a muppet or a sexy service manager.

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Tokyo police force mascot Pipo-kun anthropomorphises into muscly man in new anime clip

The cute character bares his pecs in the fight against stranger danger, where children are told to remember the words “Squid Sushi” to protect them from harm.

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