WHO WILL WIN?
Mascots battle for supremacy over Tokyo’s new “Sky Tree” tower!
As reported before*, everything in Japan, has to have its own tacky-cutesy mascot. In this case, Tokyo’s new TV tower, the “Sky Tree, the highest structure in the city (3Yen /2010-04-15) first had a mascot, “Oshinari-kun” (3Yen / 2010-10-20) created by the neighborhood mechant’s association.
Now the “Sky Tree” TV tower’s owner has come up with competing cutesy mascot, “Sorakara-chan.”
Tokyo Sky Tree’s mascot Sorakara-chan unveiled to media
- The Mainichi Daily News
….Sorakara-chan is said to be a curious girl who has descended upon the tower from a planet called “Tongari.” She always carries a telescope in hopes of making new discoveries and wants to meet people from all over the world at the Tokyo Sky Tree…more...
According to the president of Tobu Tower Sky Tree Co., Michiaki Suzuki, “We hope people will love our mascot.” The parent company Tobu Corporation is one of the top 20 corporations of Japan and the Sky Tree’s mechant’s association represents the poorest neighborhood of Tokyo (which includes the San’ya district, Tokyo’s skidrow Wiki).
I would put my bet the blond, blue-eyed, rich girl, Sorakara-chan, to win duel of dorky mascots.
Don’t take my word for it. Check out the official websites of Sorakara-chan and Oshinari-kun.
. . . —www.sorakara-chan.jp
. . . —oshinari.jp
The two mascots have kissed and made up! More….
In Japan, everything has to have its own dorky Yuru-chara/mascot. Therefore of course Tokyo’s new TV tower, the “Sky Tree” (3Yen /2010-04-15) now has its own retarded mascot, “Oshinari-kun.” Wo0t!
… squeals of delight from the gathering crowd…Oshinari-kun is one of the mascots that have been created throughout Japan for local revitalization and other purposes… His appearance is loosely based on Ariwara no Narihira, a poet from the Heian Period (794-1185) whom the Narihirabashi area was named after. Oshinari-kun wears a tower-shaped hat.
via Tokyo Sky Tree attracting crowds and change
Asahi.com | 2010/10/18
Well, at least Oshinari-kun is not as bad as the old Tokyo Tower’s Tokyo’s Pink Penis mascot, Noppon (3Yen / 2009-04-05) shown on the left.
–Visit the official website of Oshinari-kun at: Oshinari.jp
–And don’t miss the 360 ° panorama VR projection of the new Sky Tree tower and surrounding area. (Google Translate).
–View a video of the new Sky Tree in the Comments.
Alternatively, you could think at the Sky Tree in a different way: It’s Japan’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s second tallest free-standing broadcast tower—Yeah, we’re No. 2! As 3Yen contributor, “Catoneinutica” quipped: “Japan: we can build really tall hideous radio towers just like the East Germans.“
East Berlin TV Tower . . . . . . . vs . . . . . . . . . . . Tokyo Sky Tree. . . . . . . . . . . . .