Creepy ‘Kumamon’ mascot gets crazier

sign with hole for ones head
For decades Japan has been crawling with headhunters!
That is, thousands of tourist destinations in Japan have these signboards with face cut-outs for taking pictures called Kaodashi(3Yen 2009-09-11).
However, the krazy Kumamon*, Japan’s No. 1 loose-character mascot has taken these ‘face-in-hole’ boards to a higher level.


Read more about the Japanese Culture of Kaohame-Kaodashi ( | 2012/09/19).

{lit. ‘loose character’ or ‘floppy mascot’}

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22 thoughts on “Creepy ‘Kumamon’ mascot gets crazier”

  1. The Kumamon hype just gets bigger and bigger…

    white space is good for the soul When Hello Kitty Met Pedobear: The Kumamon Craze | 2013 July 08
    Japan’s Kumamon is taking the rest of the world by storm.
    The mascot of the high speed train of Kumamoto City (“kumamon” means “bear thing” in Japanese) was launched in 2010 and is now a fixture of Japanese culture as well as an increasing number of branding and marketing campaigns. It’s only the most popular anthropomorphized mascot in Japan’s robust history of anthropomorphized mascots. But don’t confuse Kumamon for Pedobear, another of Japan’s popular kuma exports. Japan has a rich history of cartoon mascots that seems partial to bears...more…


  2. ‘Kumamon effect’ generates ¥124.4 bil.
    December 27, 2013 | Jiji Press
    “Kumamon,” the black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, generated economic effects worth ¥124.4 billion in the two years through October, the Bank of Japan’s Kumamoto branch estimated
    The effects of Kumamon’s popularity on the prefecture’s economy have proved substantial in terms of their extent and cost-effectiveness, the branch saidmore

    Run Kumamon, run!

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