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Japanese Mascot

“Japanese (regional) mascot” refers to the cute and funny mascots designated to promote town, prefecture or company. They are also supporting the local revitalization of Japanese every place. Let’s study useful Japanese phrases with the mascot.

Japanese Mascot

LESSON3.

GENSAN
Name GENSAN
Affiliation Toyooka city
Area of activity Toyooka city, Hyogo Pref
Information
Job: Mason craftsman
Hobbies: Nature observation
Skill: Making pickles, stacking stone walls
Dream: To preserve the beautiful nature

・He is working to promote tourism of Toyooka City and raise public awareness of Sanin Kaigan Geopark!
・Thick rectangular eyebrows, with his trademark annoyed expression.
・His eyebrows tilt downwards when the number of tourists is low.
・Even after 1.6million years, he does not compromise his obstinate personality...
・Outraged at global warming and destruction of nature by humankind!
・He may look but he has a heart of gold, and is sentimental.
RelatedLink Toyooka city
Local specialty Izushi Soba (buck wheat noodle)
HOYA-BOYA
Name HOYA-BOYA
Affiliation Kesennuma city
Area of activity Kesennuma city, Miyagi Pref
Information
Appeared as the tourism character in the Sendai-Miyagi Destination Campaign of 2008.
With his name derived from the relatively unknown 'Hoya' (sea-squirt), he has been actively promoting the tourism and food culture of Kesennuma.
He wields a saury as his sword, scallop on his belt and other specialties of the region.
Profile: Carrying a sea-squirt head, saury sword, scallop belt and wearing a shark skin cloak is the prince of the sea of Kesennuma.
RelatedLink Kesennuma city【JAPANESE SITE】
Local specialty Hoyaboya shortbread
TOFU-KUN
Name TOFU-KUN
Affiliation Kasugai City
Area of activity Kasugai City , Aichi Pref
Information
Hello! I'm Toufu-kun. In the Kasugai Festival of 2008, I was chosen by the citizens as the mascot of the 'City of calligraphy' Kasugai.
I was modeled after someone named Onono Toufu, who was born in Kasugai and had superb calligraphy skills.
I hope that everyone will grow to like calligraphy. Let's enjoy calligraphy together.
RelatedLink Kasugai City
Local specialty Nagoya cochin
TAPPY-KUN
Name TAPPY-KUN
Affiliation Imajyo 365 Ski Resort
Area of activity Minami-echizen town,Fukui Pref
Information
Not a dinosaur nor a crocodile, Tappi-kun is a dragon deity born at Imajyo 365 ski resort. It likes to appear and play with people occasionally.
RelatedLink Imajyo 365 Ski Resort【JAPANESE SITE】
Local specialty Echizen Crab
TAKASUDYNA
Name TAKASUDYNA
Affiliation Dynaland
Area of activity Gujo city, Gifu Pref
Information
These superheroes are here to defeat global warming.
Takasudyna Blue is here to protect Dynaland, and Takasudyna Red is protecting the slopes of Takasu Snow Park!
These characters appear strong but are sensitive to cold. Nevertheless they have a stronger sense of justice than anyone else.

Profile: Snow warriors who are there to protect to the snow mountains.
RelatedLink Dynaland
Local specialty Meihou Chicken
HASPY
Name HASPY
Affiliation Hasuda city
Area of activity Hasuda city, Saitama Pref
Information
A mascot created on October 2012, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the municipal organization enforcement of Hasuda City. I was designed based on the waterfowls that live around Kurohama swamp of Hasuda City, Saitama, also the perfect location for bird-watching. There is my trademark lotus flower on my head. I'm good at doing cute poses and my favorite food is the local specialty - pears. And I enjoy taking strolls!
RelatedLink Hasuda city【JAPANESE SITE】
Local specialty Ju-man-goku manju

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