Monday, August 11, 2014

Life Can Be A Bear

Kumamon is Japan's most popular mascot. 

Kumamon represents Kumamoto Prefecture which is located on the island of Kyushu, just across Shimabara Bay from Nagasaki Prefecture.   When the Kyushu Shinkansen was completed a few years ago, Kumamoto Prefecture decided to create a mascot to promote tourism and trade.  Kumamon was born.  Kuma is the Japanese word for "bear", so naturally, Kumamon is a bear.

The character has become very popular throughout Japan.   He has been such a success that he brought in over US$1.25 Billion in just two years!

Here is a video song about Kumamon with English subtitles.  It was filmed at Kumamoto Castle - one of the three best castles in Japan.   Warning: possible "cute" overdose.   :)

Until next, sweet sailing.


Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

That is a cute overdose!!!!!

Pandabonium said...

Indeed, Doc. The medical term is "acute cuteness overdose". :)

bonnie said...

cute to the nth!

Arkonbey said...

Man, those girls seemed way to happy.

I thought the very solemn bow at the end was interesting.