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.
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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. (-‿◦☀)
Eat the penguin mascot of the Suica Card (see left) of Japanese subways and rails—A black Christmas Cake from the darkest Sump of Hades.
For more about the Suica Card, check out the previous 3Yen report:
Suica: the bank card that functions as train ticket and credit-ATM card (3Yen / 2005-03-29)
See the multitude of the Suica Penguin’s “character goods” at:
World Mascot Character Summit with over 450 wacko weirdos representing local governments in Japan (and foreign countries) is now being held in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo.
See if you can find the foreign “World Character” in the official poster of the 2014 World Mascot Character Summit that features a picture of every goofy character. As far as I could tell, the poster has plenty of aliens but no “World Characters.” (Embiggen to 1170x1657px)…
You can find all ten of the foreign mascot characters here: gotouchi-chara.jp/hanyu2014/chara_map48.html
The loyalty card mascot, Mr. Ponta—tanuki/raccoon dog character, seems very down and depressed at a new Lawson convenience store being finished.
Normally, Ponta-kun is more animated and not so depressed.
As I have written before*, according to Japanese law everything must have a cute mascot—a yuru-kyara / —literally a ‘loose character’ or ‘floppy mascot’. And, the No. 1 in the mascot popularity polls in Japan is “Funassyi,” the official unofficial character Funabashi City, which is next to Tokyo. (wikipedia.org).
So, imagine my surprise to see that Funassyi suddenly has a brother “Funagoro” who at his first press conference today pissed* all over the reporters…(Click to watch the video of the “pisser presser”)…
The puerile pissing* action starts at the 6min 20sec point of the video.
*Ok, ok, Funagoro didn’t really piss on the press. He and Funassyi are supposed to be pears and pears can get infested with worms. Funagoro has a green caterpillar up his butt that shoots silk with he gets excited.
Previous puerile reports of Funassyi on the 3Yen include:
← Our report on the mascot Brisky getting frisky at a Nippon Ham Fighters baseball game (3Yen / 2005-08-20) has been an all-time favorite with readers. That is to say, sekuhara/—the Japanese-engrish abbreviation for sexual harassment—is the national pastime in Japan like baseball.
Just recently I noticed that Brisky-kun has some real competition in the pervy department.
Move over for the hot babe “Buffalo Bell“— The new bovine kigurimi mascot of the Orix Buffaloes baseball team has proven such a sensation that she has attracted her own up-skirt problems…
sankakucomplex.com (ÑṠFW): Buffalo Bell – And You Thought Dollers & Furries Weren’t Hot!