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.
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.
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.
The red elephant sits proudly at the entrance to a shopping centre in South London with a castle perched on it’s back. The Elephant and Castle is not only a mascot but a road, a tube station, a roundabout, an area and a shopping centre!
The Japanese love robots, they pioneer in the creation of them, Testuwan Atomu was the first to create a cartoon character robot with Atomu (Astro Boy) old people have robot pets for companions and luckily for me they have loads of robot figures everywhere.
In the West, characters used to advertise products appeared as early as the 17th century with the “cigar store Indian” Native Americans were associated with the introduction of tobacco and so became a common symbol of tobacco stores.
Air filled mascots from around Japan collected together. Inflatable Mascots include Mr Earth, Otosan the Softbank dog, Docomodake the Docomo Mushroom, Disneys’ Stitch, Pickachu, Maneki Nekoand, Detective Conan, Karuojisan, a penguin, lion and a random pink ball!
Pictured here is one pelican from a pair guarding a gaudy love hotel in Ikebukuro. I like the fact the two kanji used for Ikebukuro are literally pond and bag it almost sounds like an insult and somehow alludes to the seedy repuatation of the area.