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:
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
Toyochy and other Japanese mega-dorky mascots previously covered on the 3Yen include:
The REVENGE of the EGGPLANT!
Prior Art for the Nasu (ナス) Samurai aka the Aubergine Warrior shown above includes:
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.
A few of the many previous 3Yen reports of ET Kumamon’s shenanigans in Japan include:
Dearest Leader, who is a perfect incarnation of the appearance that a leader should have…Kumamon 2016!
Previous reports Kumamon/くまモン—Great Bear, Who Descended From Heaven—
on the 3Yen include:
TED GETS HIS FREAK ON AS KUMAMON WATCHES! (3Yen 2015-Aug-28) →
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//Yuru-Chara on the 3Yen include:
Section chief Haniwa (ハニワ課長), PR character for Sakai City.
pic.twitter.com/bC8GEov8Ov— 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.(shikoku-np.co.jp news, Google Translate).
Previous reports of mysterious haniwa on the 3Yen include:
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. 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
← (3Yen / 2006-03-13)
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)
Just can’t hide!
…and sometimes the bear eats you.
Here are Japan Post’s new mascots, TEGAMI BOT and his sidekick SMOKE DETECTOR-kun. (-‿◦☀)