Monday, November 28, 2011

The Summit of the Year!

Kumamon in the middle flanked by the runner ups
Yesterday, one of the hottest news was the "Yuru-Kyara" event where image characters from all over Japan gather together for a few days of an intense "summit". It's not really clear exactly what is discussed between the characters at the summit and it seems mostly to consist of said characters prancing around and trying to get elected as the most adorable mascot of the year.

Apparently it was a really intense election where the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture ; "Kumamon" managed to win first place, followed by the chicken-like character of Aichi prefecture "Bari-san" and in third place the distinctively creepy mascot of the Kokubunji area of Tokyo "Nishiko-kun".
I hate him so much...
Actually, I find this kinda amusing and among the herd of image characters (around a hundred) that gathered for the summit, there were very few distinctively creepy and/or disturbing characters. I do find it disturbing though that the Kyoto character "Sento-kun" still seems to be around and about as I had hoped that someone would have put him out of his misery by now. To add insult to injury, it looks even more hideous as a costume than the illustration...

There you have it, the most up to date and exciting information on current events in Japan, presented as always by your favorite Salaryman!

8 comments:

Chris said...

That black/grey/white soda cap with legs shouldn't even be allowed in the contest. Wtf?

Momotaro said...

The half deer/foetus is quite weird. Does every prefecture have one of these? I wonder if there is a site that shows you them all?

Will said...

This is perhaps the most disturbing post ever...really. Now I'm afraid to go to sleep for fear that they will infest my dreams.

Ms.Godzilla said...

Sento-kun... I mean really...

Mr Political Adviser said...

I would have voted for the big chicken with a boat (?) in his belt.

golf vacations arizona said...

These post is so weird I can't focus on my sleep.

Evacomics said...

Thanks for the updates! Hmm Sento-kun... looks like a fat reindeer...

Mr. Salaryman said...

Chris - Yeah, and it came in third?! Apparently it paid some serious money in bribes to the voters...

Momotaro - Yes, they actually do and if you feel like you want to expose yourself to this you can see them all here http://www.yurugp.jp/ your courage is admirable!

Will - I kinda like the ducky and the bear, but not the bottlecap and the deer buddah fetus...

Ms. G - Yep, can't but agree, it should be put down and forgotten

Mr. PA - You should do some lobbying activities that similar programs are started in Sweden with a solid endorsement from the prime minister!

Eva - Yeah, I'd recommend you to just not think about it too much...

Related Posts with Thumbnails