As a nation they are obsessed with colourful characters, Manga comics & anything that’s even slightly left of centre. Which goes a long way into explaining the existence of these Japanese mascots. Designed to represent national parks, suburbs, airports, TV stations, popular streets, historical landmarks and even cities themselves. Each has their own unique story and whilst they are at times incredibly cute, they’re also utterly random & ridiculous in equal amounts.
Here’s 29 of the best, if you want to have you photo with them or meet them in person we’ve included where you’ll be able to find them!
Kasab? – The mascot of Kasamatsu Park
Kumamon – The mascot for a bullet train line in the city of Kumamoto
The mascots for Uno-ko in Okayama Prefecture
Hikonyan – The mascot for Hikone Castle
Chihana-chan – The mascot of Chiba City
Kutan – The mascot for Narita Airport
Yachinyan of Yonbancho Square shopping street.
Domo-kun – The official mascot of NHK TV station
Barii-san – The mascot for Imabari City
Arukuma – The mascot of Nagano
Takamaru – The mascot of 400th anniversary of Hirosaki Castle
Teletama – The mascot for Television Saitama
Kishu-kun – Wakayama police mascot
Hantama-kun – Half boiled egg mascot on Hunter Mountain Shiobara
Reruhi-san – Nigata snow ski mascot
A!kanbe – Nakatsu castle mascot in Kyushu
Sarasa-chan – The mascot of Makino Highland
Meisui-kun – Local election mascot
Manto-kun – Second mascot of “Festival of the 1300th anniversary of Nara”
Tawawachan – Kyoto Tower mascot
Hiyoko-chan – Chikin Ramen’s mascot
Eco-chan – City of Kyoto mascot
Ohmin – Mascot of the Ohmifuji Japan Agriculture co-operative
Kachinta – Mascot of Toei Movie Land theme park.
Kamon – Mascot of Shiga University
Momo, Chachamaru & Tabita – Mascots of Sagawa Museum
Kunio – Moriyama Ski Resort mascot
Shimaneko – Shimane prefecture mascot
Fukka – Mascot of city of Fukaya, Saitama
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