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
Section-chief-HaniwaMulboynepic.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:


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.

Black Japanese Christmas Cake from the darkest Sump of…


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:

Japan has all the ‘World mascots’

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

Pisser presser

As I have written before*, according to Japanese law everything must have a cute mascot—a yuru-kyara / yuru-kyara japanese loose character mascot—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: