Here’s maybe the “first” loose character (ゆるキャラ) mascot of Japan, Yukidaruma-chan OG (雪ダルマちゃんOG).
The snowman/girl was made of cotton balls and wears a laid-back hemp headband. The snowgirl mascot was posed on fake snow in a photography studio with five hangyoku/geisha including the celebrity, Sakae (in yellow) from Tokyo’s hinky Shitaya district (circa 1910).
My previous reports of goofy loose character mascots and goofier geisha include:
- Cull or combination! Lose those ‘Loose characters’! (3Yen / 2015-04-07)
- Japan’s newest ‘image characters’ (3Yen / 2015-02-24)
- Deep discount geisha (3Yen / 2010-01-13)
- First gai-geisha of Japan (3Yen / 2007-12-23)