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.
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Meet Huanhuan one of the five mascots that were created for the Beijing olympics in 2008 and the first non-Japanese fursuit on the blog. The Fuwa as they are known match the colours of the Olympic Rings and carry a message of friendship and peace. I saw a version of Huanhuan at the olympic park when I recently visited Beijing. Huanhuan represents the olympic flame while the others embody the characteristics of popular animals in China, the fish, panda, Tibetan antelope and swallow.
According to the official site “When you put their names together — Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni — they say “Welcome to Beijing,” offering a warm invitation that reflects the mission of Fuwa as young ambassadors for the Olympic Games.”
The site also describes Huanhuan in more detail;
In the intimate circle of Fuwa, Huanhuan is the big brother. He is a child of fire, symbolizing the Olympic Flame and the passion of sport — and passion is the blessing he bestows. Huanhuan stands in the center of Fuwa as the core embodiment of the Olympic spirit. And while he inspires all with the passion to run faster, jump higher and be stronger, he is also open and inviting. Wherever the light of Huanhuan shines, the inviting warmth of Beijing 2008 — and the wishful blessings of the Chinese people — can be felt. The fiery designs of his head ornament are drawn from the famed Dunhuang murals — with just a touch of China’s traditional lucky designs. Huanhuan is outgoing and enthusiastic. He excels at all the ball games and represents the red Olympic ring.
Matt Alt alerted me to Tsunami-man after his latest blog post which looked at tsunami mascots and characters. I’ve also spotted some anthropomorphic waves on the signs beside a river near where I live but its the wonderful costumes for Tsunami-man (left) and Jishin-man (earthquake-man on the right) which interest me the most. The two characters are part of a team who warn the citizens of Kochi on the dangers of earthquakes and how to prepare oneself. Although the prefecture wasnt affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami they are well aware of the danger the prefecture faces if there’s another large earthquake, as has been predicted. Tsunami-man is described as indecisive and often gets angry while Jishin-man likes to hide in his secret underground base doing weight training. Yet again the king of characters, Takashi Yanase designed the pair. He’s of course famous for creating Anpanman but has also designed many other mascots which feature in my book including Sasebo-Burger Boy. I hope these wonderful characters can help warn people and save lives if Japan ever experiences such an awful disaster again