Greeting you from on top of buildings with large moving claws, outside shops with a fist raised to the sky and in restaurant windows staring unblinkingly, the mascot is almost unavoidable. Idle Idol collects these wonderful 3D characters found all over the world. Discover antique advertising characters, modern-mass produced mascots, unique one-off designs for small stores and even strange park figures. Learn their names, origins and stories. Sometimes strange, often fascinating but always interesting, meet these amazing characters in Idle Idol.
Idle Idol The Japanese Mascot is the first book from Edward and John Harrison published by Mark Batty publishers. The book concentrates on Japan; a mecca for Idle Idols. The book is split into nine chapters with full colour photographs and descriptions of more than 100 mascots. Meet Anpanman and Doraemon, heroes of Japanese television and manga. Find out about Legendary creatures such as Kappa and Tanuki. Controversial mascots like Sento-kun and many more.
Tanuki in Shigaraki We’ve previously covered the Tanuki here but I recently had the chance to visit Shigaraki in Shiga the ancient centre for pottery making in Japan and the biggest producer of Tanuki. The towns pottery history dates back to the 12th century as the area has many clay beds which are used by [...]
Sakamoto Ryoma a low ranking samurai is credited with unifying Japan, modernizing the country and even setting up the first modern company. In recent years in part to an NHK Taiga drama he’s had a revival of interest. Posters featuring his image and of course a couple of 3D mascots.
Here’s a small collection of some great Santa Claus / Father Christmas / St Nicholas mascots from around the world.
Our second book is officially out! Fuzz and Fur delves into the world of kigurumi or fur suit mascots. The adoration of mythical creatures and popular anime characters is nothing new in Japan, but kigurumi, is a growing pastime and successful marketing tool. An oversized daikon radish, a skiing egg, a bear with an apple for a head, an erupting volcano – these furry mascots wander the streets of Japan, and the pages of Fuzz & Fur.
Ektopia has got to be one of my favourite blogs (just after boing boing). There’s always loads of awesome links, the author has impeccable taste in art, he seems to uncover the most unusual and experimental music, showcases great books and cool t-shirts. Anyway I’m really happy to see a glowing review of Idle Idol on the site.
I’m really really pleased that the always awesome boing boing have picked up on Idle Idol. I selected a number of my favourites and some of the most important Japanese mascots from the book, see it here.