Archive for the ‘food’ category

24 Jun

I’ve recently spotted a number of posters with eight different kigurumi in support of Japan and Tohoku. From left to right we have Ikubee from Aomori, Sento-kun from Nara, Guripuu from Kagoshima, Hachimaru from Nagoya, Nyanyo from Ehime and finally Yubarifusai from Hokkaido.

17 May

kigurumi for snow resorts in Japan

At many of the ski resorts in Japan you’ll find people dressed in Kigurumi but you might also be lucky enough to see the official ski resort mascot that some of the resorts have. Here are six from various places around Japan. If you know of any more let me know in the comments.

Nasuki-kun

Nasuki-kun
To start with heres Nozawa Onsen’s Nasuki-kun. Nozawa Onsen a small town in Nagano is famous for its skiing, onsen and Nozawana. The last is its speciality vegetable which provides the design inspiration for their character. Nozawana is a leaf vegetable which is often pickled. Nozawaonsen hosted the biathlon for the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Photo via Mew Mew factory.

egg mascot

Hantama-kun
On Hunter Mountain Shiobara in Tochigi you might see half a boiled egg whizzing down the slopes on skis, a snowboard or an inflatable ring. Hantama-kun the mascot for the ski resort came to life when someone cut a boiled egg in half and drew eyes with sauce. His name comes from Hunter Mountain but it also combines the words han meaning “half” and tamago meaning “egg.” Hantama-kun often has a salt shaker in his hand and sprinkles salt while shaking his yolk.

ski mascot

Kunio
Kunio is the mascot for Kunizakai Kougen snow park, a resort in Takashima, Shiga. Kunio apparently started working in a restaurant but was promoted to become the mascot for the resort. He’s very good at skiing and is improving his snowboarding skills every day. He also has a girlfriend. Photo via Kunizakai Kougen snow park’s official site.

Nigata mascot

Reruhi-san
Nigata honoured the man who is said to have introduced skiing to Japan by creating a kigurumi based on his image. Theodor von Lerch Edler was Born in 1869 in what is now Slovakia and was a Major General of the Austrian Habsburg Army and a skiing pioneer. He came to Japan as an exchange officer with the Imperial Japanese Army 100 years ago but left as an ambassador to winter leisure sports. There are a number of monuments dedicated to the man, a museum and now finally a mascot. Find out more about the man here.

Happy Hako-chan
Happy Hako-chan is the mascot for Hakoteyama in Shiga. The Square box character comes from the Hako in Hakote which means box. He likes sweet food and his favourite word is happy. Photo via the Yuru-chara organisation

Makino Kougen

Sarasa-chan
Makino Highland is a ski resort, onsen, golf course and onsen. Their mascot Sarasa-chan takes her name and look from Sarasadoudan Tsutsuji or Enkianthus a shrub with bell shaped pink tinged flowers that are found on Akasaka mountain. She’s currently on a diet and says her rival is Hikonyan. Photo via Yuru-chara organisation

29 Mar

Gyoda mascots

From Gyoda in Saitama come two of the ugliest mascots I’ve seen. Gyoda is famed for its fried jelly. It’s not really jelly its basically a mashed ball of fried stuff including bean curd, carrots, onion, and potato. After frying it’s dipped into takoyaki sauce and apparently tastes pretty good.

19 Feb

Sesebo mascot

Burger mascot

Sasebo in Nagasaki is an important naval base and has been since the late 1800s. After WWII the American Navy took over parts of the base and continue to have a presence there. In the 1950s enterprising Sasebo citizens started making and selling burgers to cater to the appetites of the Americans stationed there. With its long tradition of homemade burgers Sasebo has become famous all over Japan. Around the city you can pick up maps which detail more than 20 burger restaurants scattered around the city. To help identify the official Sasebo burger restaurants you need only look for a Sasebo Burger Boy sign which stands outside the shops. Takashi Yanase the creator of Anpanman designed the mascot. Sasebo Burger Boy has a girlfriend called Sasebonoboko-chan who looks a bit crazy. To find out more about the city and it’s burgers Japan visitor has a great post about it.