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#1 Melon Kuma

One of the most recognisable mascots, representing Yubari City in the Hokkaido prefecture, Melon Kuma is the fusion of a terrifying wild bear, with a melon, both are which this town is best known for. During Yuru-chara gatherings he often fights with the other mascots...

#2 Kan-chan

This mascot represents Ichijiku Pharmaceuticals. This penguin was not only created to resemble an enema, but the shape and colours that were used was made to resemble a fig. After meeting the “enema penguin” the public was provided with a free gift supplied from a...

#3 Kumamon

This loveable dancing bear has won the hearts of many. This mascot represents the Kumamoto prefecture in southern Japan and was created to promote the 260-kilometre Kyushu Shinkansen (bullet train) connecting Fukuoka and Kagoshima after its completion in 2010.

#4 Sanomaru

Wearing a bowl of ramen, for which the city is famous for, on its head and equipped with big, puppy eyes this mascot represents Sano City in the Tochigi Prefecture. Sanomaru also wears samurai garb to represent the castle history part of the city, it has appeared all...

#5 Domo-kun

This brown, furry monster has a large, saw-toothed mouth that is locked wide open and since 1988 has been the official mascot of NHK (Japan’s public broadcaster). He has become an international superstar now, after launching to fame in short stop-motion...