Japan’s zany mascot, Kumamon the bear, is acting deadly with his rose shuriken—the throwing dart of super-secret ninja of the barazoku/薔薇族—the Rose Tribe (urbandictionary).
According to Wikipedia, there are many varieties of shuriken —known in the West as ‘throwing stars.’ Ninja Kumamon is shown with his bō shuriken (棒手裏剣, stick shuriken).
Bō shuriken can be constructed from a wide variety of everyday items, hence there were many shapes and sizes. Some derived their names from the materials of which they were made, such as kugi-gata (nail form), hari-gata (needle form) and bara-gata (rose form), ha, ha.
Previous 3Yen reports of killer Kumamon’s antics include:
• Kumamon did it! (3Yen / 2014-04-13)
• Kumamon gets crazier (3Yen / 2013-07-07)
• Panic disordered characters in the kitchen ↓ (3Yen / 2012-11-04)