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5 facts about Mascots you need to know!

Wedy here, when I first moved to Japan my knowledge of Mascots was so poor that I would be laughed at when I didn’t know if a Mascot was promoting hot sauce or world peace. 

Not to be caught out again I decided to write this article. So when you’re next in line at a Supermarket and you see a Mascot, you can wow the Japanese with your mad Mascot knowledge. 

Unari-kun mascot

1. The Japanese for Mascot is ゆるキャラ (yuru-chara).

Mascot rule number one is to know how to say Mascot in Japanese. If you go over and call them a Mascot they'll ignore you, not because they're rude they just prefer being called ゆるキャラ. 

Point noted.


Yuru Character Grand Prix

2. Every year Japan hold’s the Mascot Grand Prix (ゆるキャラグランプリ).

Yes you read that correctly. In 2017 there were 1,157 entries with うなりくん (Unari-kun) winning the top spot with 805,328 votes. This year the Mascot Grand Prix will be held on Osaka in November. 

Get me to Osaka immediately. 

3. Study the art of being a Mascot.

You can study on how to become a professional Mascot at Tokyo’s “Choko Group Mascot Actors’ School”. For only $11/ hour you can put your worries behind you whilst learning the tricks and trades of the mascot world. Be paid to be a mascot too… the going rate is $100/ hour.... Where do I sign up?

tokyo 2020 olympics

4. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Mascots are good friends.

The Mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were decided in February this year by Japanese Schoolchildren. The Olympic Mascot combines tradition with innovation whilst the Paralympic Mascot is kind natured with inner strength. Even though they have different personality traits they are said to be great friends and and will support each other during the celebrations.


nippon marathon mascot

5. Their heads come off!

... and it's very popular with the crowd!




So that’s all for now folks,

I’ve been Wedy Jones.

Keep it Real, Keep it Nippon.

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