The Japan Times recently featured an article by Colin P.A. Jones called ‘Mascots on a mission to explain the mundane’. At the end of the article he proposed a mascot for the supreme cout who dish out the death sentence among other things. His idea was Tsuru-chan or Tsuru-kun a cartoon stork. Like most mascots the name plays on dual meanings, one being the Japanse word for “crane” and also “hang.” He also wrote ‘That cranes have long necks would be an added bonus’. Now the Japan Times ask readers to
Please drop us a line with your ideas for mascots to represent any branch of the Japanese bureaucracy, national or local. Alternatively, create one yourself and send in a JPEG file of your idea. If we decide to publish your illustration, contributors will be paid ¥5,000.
With the chance to win ¥5,000, Send your ideas to email@example.com by by 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23. I look forward to seeing the results.
Illustration by Chris Mackenzie