BATTLE ROYALE of Japanese mascots . . . BEAR vs PEAR!

The Japanese film classic, Battle Royale″ (, was reenacted yesterday. It was Hokkaido’s Melon BEAR vs PEAR of Funabashi City.


Mascot Funassyi, in a wrestling war!
The Sankei Shimbun 2015-Oct-12 (goofy Google Translate)
During the current 3-day holiday weekend in Japan, “Looks good! All set” event was held at the wholesale market of Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture just east of Tokyo. The Japanese mascot character, “Funassyi” the yellow pear, who unofficially represents the city of Funabashi had invited about 50 other mascots of other Japanese locales for a “confrontation”—a wrestling Battle Royale.
Funassyi ended up in the final wrestling showdown against the mascot “Melon Bear” of Yubari, Hokkaido. The match was a wild scene of Melon Bear’s ferocious biting attacks and counterattacks by Funassyi wildly jumping and cutting. In a splendid victory, Funassyi raised his arms victorious and screamed, “Everyone cheer, ‘Thanks Nasshi’!”


Previous 3Yen reports of Melon Bear and Funassyi Pear include:


Kristmas Kumamon


left_quoter_14x24Kumamon manages to disturb the unveiling of the new plane of the Amakusa Airlines today — Mon ☆ right_quoter_13x24
kumamon-tweet今日は天草エアラインの新しい飛行機のお披露目におじゃましたモン☆ — くまモン【公式】 (@55_kumamon) September 29, 2015

The rest-of-the-story about the Santa suits and the Christmas colors of red and green, is that Amakusa Airlines—Japan’s smallest airline*—has outfitted their planes with plush red leather seating and green accents such as seat-belts. Somewhere along the line in the design process someone quipped that the airplane is in “Christmas colors”—Everyone laughed and the boss said, “Go with it!”
So they put their local mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamon, in a Santa suit and they slapped his image all over the planes as this Youtube video shows.

A few of the many previous 3Yen reports of Kumamon’s flights of fancy include:run kumamon run

Toyochy triptych interment?

toyocky kime mascot
Remember Toyochy, Toyohashi City’s mascot—a fabulous fembot with bodacious bubble butt*?

When a Toyochy dies, a Toyohashi trash truck quickly has to haul off the old bot to the scrapyard. The city must replace the robot swiftly since its body fades from smoothly-rounded red contours to an ugly lumpy and peeling gray-pink exterior.

–Triptych of Toyochy’s interment–
the robot’s lugubrious last rites
toyocky triptych funeral


Toyochy and other Japanese mega-dorky mascots previously covered on the 3Yen include:


Eggplant samurai?


eggplant-revenge(流儀として軸がぶれている) (流儀として茄子かぶってる) — 古武術 天心流兵法 (@tenshinryu) September 10, 2015

Prior Art for the Nasu (ナス) Samurai aka the Aubergine Warrior shown above includes:

Proof of Kumamon’s alien origin!

The true origin of Kumamon* revealed in this photo of his escaping his spaceship’s crash landing in a Japanese playground.*He claims to be the yurukyara/”loose character”—the harmless mascot bear of Kumamoto Prefecture.

kumamon-spaceship-crash-landingkumamon-tweetおはくま~!今日は金曜日、あとひとがんばりかモン☆— くまモン【公式】 (@55_kumamon) September 3, 2015

run kumamon run
A few of the many previous 3Yen reports of ET Kumamon’s shenanigans in Japan include:

Kumamon for Peerless Leader 2016!

Dearest Leader, who is a perfect incarnation of the appearance that a leader should have…Kumamon 2016!

kumamon-presidentkumamon__bigger Kumamon/くまモン【公式】 ‏@55_kumamon 2015-08-27 —くまモン体操でくまもとのPRだモン!会いにきてくまさってサンくまー☆

Previous reports Kumamon/くまモン—Great Bear, Who Descended From Heaven—on the 3Yen include:



‘Ikadon’ is friendly to children

Way up north in Aomori Prefecture, an eerie loose-character* mascot, “Ikadon,” appears in Hachinohe Morning Market held on the docks in front of the Hachinohe Museum. They say (Google Translate), Ikadon is friendly to children,″ but you be the judge whether this soiled squid is really ok.

Previous reports of squid loose-characters/loose-character_yuruchara/Yuru-Chara on the 3Yen include:


Section chief Haniwa’s horrors of bureaucracy

left_quoter_14x24 Section chief Haniwa (ハニワ課長), PR character for Sakai City.right_quoter_13x24— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) June 11, 2015

Japan’s mysterious haniwa are terracotta clay figures were made for ritual use and buried with the dead as funerary objects during Japan’s Kofun period, the 3rd to 6th centuries AD (Wiki).
The haniwa now serve as mascot of the horrors of bureaucracy in Sakai City of Osaka Prefecture, Japan. According to the city’s public relations department, Haniwa section chief, who is about 1600 years old and unmarried, has only posted once last year on the city’s website because he has been too stressed at his bureaucratic responsibilities.( news, Google Translate).

Previous reports of mysterious haniwa on the 3Yen include:


Cull or combination! Lose those ‘Loose characters’!

Has Japan hit Peak ‘Loose Character’?
The mascot business has been showing signs a crash for some time we reported last year that Scores of ‘lax characters’ in Osaka Japan put to death in prefectural putsch (3Yen / 2014-05-08/) .

Japan mascots face cull or combination
Yahoo News (AFP) / 2015-April-06
Japan’s swollen ranks of cuddly mascots, once de rigueur for every local government and commercial brand, are coming under increasing threat, with some being culled and others combined.mascot-text    More…


Previous reports of Japan’s yuru-kyara (“loose characters”) on the 3Yen include:
   • Mascot takes a piss at presser (3Yen / 2014-10-16)
   • Unauthorized Funassyi vs fake Funasshii
       (3Yen / 2014-06-02)
   • Japan’s Miss Condom is a real character
       (3Yen / 2013-06-29)
Captain Hard-on of Hokkaido Captain Hard-on of Hokkaido
      (3Yen / 2006-03-13)




Happy B-day KUMAMON! (March 12)

Kumamon (くまモン), the screwball mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, was born on March 12, 2010 Kumamon – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

My name is “Kumamon” and I was born in the wake of the Kyushu Shinkansen whole line opening of March 2011.

via (Kumamon self-introduction)

くまモン birthday

Just can’t hide!

…and sometimes the bear eats you.