About Fuzz and Fur
In Idle Idol, Edward Harrison and his brother John documented the popularity of Japanese 3D mascots used to promote everything from pharmacies to professional sports teams. With Fuzz and Fur: Japan’s Costumed Characters, the Harrisons delve into another bizarre and cute niche of Japanese popular culture by interviewing and photographing the men and women that create a niche in the phenomenon of kigurumi, which roughly means “dressing up as a stuffed toy.”
While adoration for mythical creatures and popular anime characters is nothing new in Japan, this pastime has spurred a new marketing took utilized by local government institutions: yuru-kyara. Roughly translated as “amateur characters” these costumes are based on local attractions and points of interest that help define any given area. The municipalities take advantage of their citizens’ willingness to create these characters in a strange amalgam of hometown pride and cost-saving measures on the part of the city councils. These civic mascots brought to life in floppy, furry, fuzzy and homemade costumes. The Fuzz & Fur blog documents this captivating aspect of Japanese visual culture with the odd example from abroad aswell
Fuzz and Fur was written and photographed by What What which is made up of twins Edward and John Harrison. When not taking photos of mascots they design, illustrate, animate and make badges. John lives in London while Edward lives in mascot heaven; Tokyo.