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.
I was once again passing by the store when I quickly noticed a new Sato-chan mascot outside. This design marks the latest in a long line of alterations since it’s inception in 1955. The earliest model I’ve found is from 1965 and is my favourite.
Gotokuji is said to be the birthplace of Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat. The Buddhist temple is located in Setagaya, Tokyo and has a beautiful display of the lucky ceramic cats.
2010 marks the 100th year for Fujiya the confectionery company. It’s also the 60th anniversary of Peko-chan, the mascot for the company. To celebrate Fujiya have opened the Peko-chan museum with a seemingly endless supply of Peko-chan related products and a number of mascots from Peko-chans career.
As part of Movember we thought it was the perfect time to introduce some marvellous moustachioed mascots.
The Colonel doesn’t seem to miss any opportunity to dress up and Halloween is no exception. My local Colonel Sanders must love Christmas more though as he’s already dressed as Father Christmas.
You might be fooled into thinking that Japan has just one police mascot, Pipo-kun and that he represents the police force for the whole country. That’s what I once believed and it’s an easy thing to assume.
Big Boy is one of the most iconic mascots in America. The chubby boy in his familiar red and white chequered overalls has been the face of the Big Boy franchise since 1936.
In Japan even the construction barriers are made to look cute. Here’s my collection of various animals used to guide pedestrians around roadworks and block off construction sites.
Hakusyon stands outside the Incubator Bank of Japan but perhaps not for very much longer. Known in the west from the cartoon ‘The Genie Family’ or ‘Bob in a Bottle’, the show starred Hakusyon Daimaou. His name literally means “Sneeze Satan.” The friendly Arabian genie would grant wishes to anyone who sneezes near his bottle but was sent back if they sneezed again.
Atom, or Astro Boy as he is known in the West, takes the front cover of Idle Idol so we thought it was about time we had a look at the different designs of this iconic character.
The Triceratops at Peartree Bridge in Milton Keynes was created by local artist Bill Billings in 1979. To celebrate thirty years of the the iconic dinosaur it received a makeover on the 25th May 2009. The design was chosen from over 200 colourful ideas which were put forward for a dinosaur design competition, people were then asked to vote for their favourite.
The garish colours and exaggerated features make the French Fry Guy a bizarre and intriguing mascot. Probably the most unusual aspect about him apart from the dodgy eye which could actually be an attempt at a wink is the fact that he’s eating a chip from his head in what maybe considered self-cannibalism.