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Halloween Mascots

Halloween 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.

Japan’s Police Mascots

Japan’s Police Mascots

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.

Construction Barrier Animals

Construction Barrier Animals

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.

Zakumi - World Cup Mascot

Zakumi – World Cup Mascot

The 2010 World Cup is under way in South Africa so we thought we’d take a look at the official mascot. His name is Zakumi and he’s a leopard with green hair.

Elephant Parade in London

Elephant Parade in London

There are over 250 elephant mascots dotted around the city of London and each one is painted/designed by a different artist or celebrity such as Marc Quinn, Paul Smith, De Beauvoir Primary School in Hackney, Years 4 & 6 and many more.

Sento-kun

Sento-kun

2010 marks the 1300th anniversary of the city of Nara so I thought I’d have an in-depth look at the controversial Sento-kun. Sento can be translated as ‘moving the capital’ which is what happened 1300 years ago when Nara replaced Fujiwara as the nations capital.

Kyuta - Tokyo's No1 Fire Fighter

Kyuta – Tokyo’s No1 Fire Fighter

Kyuta is a fireman from the future and the mascot for the Tokyo metropolitan fire department. Kyuta wears a blue helmet, which represents water, and a red suit, which represents his fearlessness; his yellow antenna lights up when he detects danger, and his chest is imprinted with the emergency telephone number.

Inflatables - Air filled mascots

Inflatables – Air filled mascots

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!

Japan's Tower Mascots

Japan’s Tower Mascots

Tawawa-chan awaits you inside Kyoto Tower and in Tokyo Tower there are the Noppon Brothers. Almost all the observation Towers in Japan have their own mascot. If they don’t have an Idle Idol they’ll almost certainly have a kigirumi (fur suit).

Pipo-kun

Pipo-kun

You can’t miss the little guy in Tokyo, hovering above police cars on the sides of houses, saluting pedestrians from construction site signs and waving at fans from the St Patricks day parade. But to see an ‘Idle Idol’ Pipo-kun you have to visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Police museum in Ginza.