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Tanuki in Shigaraki

Tanuki in Shigaraki

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 […]

Moustache Mascots

Moustache Mascots

As part of Movember we thought it was the perfect time to introduce some marvellous moustachioed mascots.

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.

Big Boy

Big Boy

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.

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.

Japanese Robots

Japanese Robots

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.