Funassyi - the genderless, heavy-metal loving pear fairy and unofficial mascot of Funabashi City - is starring in its own virtual reality fantasy stage play at the DMM VR Theater in Yokohama in the Summer season of 2016. Hit the jump to learn more-nassyi.
After more than 50 million votes were cast online and in person for some 1727 different mascot characters, Hamamatsu City's resident mascot, Shusse Daimyo Ieyasu-kun, claimed the title of #1 Japanese mascot character at the 2015 Yuru-Chara Grand Prix. Hit the jump to learn more.
Bandai Hobby is releasing a 20-piece, easy-to-assemble plastic model kit of the unofficial mascot of Funabashi City, Chiba: Funassyi. Hit the jump to check it out, nasshi.
Comedian / TV host John Oliver took a look at the zaniness of Japanese mascot characters in a his segment for his popular Last Week Tonight with John Oliver TV show. Hit the jump to check it out.
Film is serious business, and who better to help represent the cinema of Japan than lovable, vacant-eyed bear-thing Kumamon? Hit the jump to learn more.
Being a Japanese mascot isn't all fun and games. Well, maybe it is, but those games can involve some stiff competition, as demonstrated by the "Kigurumi Showdown: Daruma-san Fell Down" event at Machi Asobi 14 in Tokushima.