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Popped down to Shinagawa yesterday to watch the Marathon. Lovely weather and some excellent costumes. The highlights included Hikonyan (samurai cat from Hikone castle), Kappa (mythical creature) and Alien Baltan (Ultraman baddie – who was …

You can’t miss the little guy in Tokyo, hovering above police cars on the sides of houses, saluting pedestrians from construction site signs and waving at fans from the St Patrick’s day parade. Outside the …

In Japan even the construction barriers are made to look cute. Here’s my collection of various animals used to guide pedestrians around roadworks and block off construction sites. Various animals include a rabbit, two types …

I’ve written here about Pipo-kun and Kyuta and finally, I can now announce the release of my book which I’ve worked on for more than a year with my brother. Idle Idol: The Japanese Mascot …

Last time I put some photos up on Pipo-kun the police department mascot so I thought I’d do his opposite number – Kyuta. Kyuta is a fireman from the future and the mascot for the …