Yamagata-city in Gifu Prefecture announced the winner of the illustration contest for a new character to promote climbing tourism in the region. A 34-year-old artist Eri Mori's character was chosen by the junior high school students in the city and named "Sakura Yamagata." Check her and other entries after the jump.
Fitear, a Japanese ear monitors brand based in Tokyo, has announced that they will release a new custom in-ear monitors "MONET" featuring a moe character named Mone Sakamoto as its image girl on October 27th. The price for the IEMs made especially for anime songs is 157,000 yen (about US$1,966). Hit the jump for more details.
Utaka Kokudo Ferry that had featured moe/bishoujo characters "Utaka Three Sisters" for PR since 2010 closed their business as ferry company after 51 years yesterday on October 17th. The three sisters' future is unknown for now. Hit the jump for more story.
The Ita-G fest is the biggest Itasha (decorated cars with anime character stickers) exhibition in Japan. It began with 500 cars in November 2008. Now more than 1,000 Itasha gathered for the sixth event which was held at Odaiba in Tokyo on October 7th. Check the latest trend of Japanese Itasha with the video report after the jump!
As previously reported, Moe1 Grand Prix, the first national product and tourism exhibition featuring local moe characters in Japan, was held at Bellesalle Akihabara in Tokyo on October 13th and 14th. The grand prize winning character selected by popular vote was Shiro Komine from Shirakawa-city, Fukushima prefecture. Hit the jump for more details.
A two days event "Moe1 Grand Prix" is now held at Bellesalle Akihabara in Tokyo today and tomorrow. This is the first national product and tourism exhibition featuring local moe characters from all over Japan. The best local moe characters will be chosen by vote on the last day. Check the line-up after the jump!
It has been considered that moe female character is the best promotional tool for local areas in Japan. Fujikawa-cho, a small mountain town of 16,000 people in Yamanashi prefecture, has announced its unnamed moe mascot character. The town is now inviting suggestions for a name for the girl. Check the details after the jump.
Back at 2009's summer Comiket, Sanrio presented Together With Hello Kitty, a collection of redesigns of their famous feline by moe artists. Having released Okama's kitty attired Iroha Nekomura back in March, the next Together girl to hit 3D is Tachibana Mikan. Get a look after the jump.
Camera lenses are essential and expensive. Photographers keep them around for years, handling them with a great degree of care. So, it's not surprising that they've inspired moe bishoujo characterization. Comic Zin and the Garnet doujinshi circle have put together a new book dedicated to the idea. Get a look after the jump.
"Autosalone" is a popular Itasha event in the Tokyo area which was started in August 2007. The 2012 summer event was held at a parking lot of the TOC Ariake convention center in Tokyo, which was very close to Tokyo Big Sight, where Comic Market 82 was also held on the same schedule. Watch the video report by a fan at the event after the jump!
As we have reported many times, moe and yuru, or anime/manga style characters have been often featured in the promotional activities for industries in local Japanese cities. So how many characters is enough for the purpose? Ogaki-city in Gifu prefecture thinks it's 200. Hit the jump for more details of their project!
This is a follow-up report for the August 7 article. Ryohoji, aka "Moe temple", announced that they will not release their rhythm game "Okyo no Tatsujin" (Buddhist sutra master) at Comic Market 82 this weekend. They received a request not to sell the game and distribute its trial version for patent infringement. Hit the jump for more details.
Ryohoji, a Buddhist temple at Hachiouji, Tokyo, has been known as "Moe temple". It has released two theme song CDs and one DVD featuring its own moe characters to spread Buddhism to the young generation. Its newest product is a rhythm game "Okyo no Tatsujin" (Buddhist sutra master) for Windows XP/Vista/7. Check the cute demo video after the jump!
See if you can stretch your definition of "moe" to include seafood with Hokkaido local flavor. The new Akihabara Ekimae branch of the Seafood Dining Rumoi Marche hopes that it'll work for visitors to the otaku mecca. See if you buy into the case its operaters are making after the jump.
As previously reported, Kofuku (means happiness in Japanese) Station in Hokkaido has started offering the official goods of its two moe goddesses, Miyuki and Megumi, today on July 11. The goods are charms, postcards, and round fans. Hit the jump for the cute product photos.