Voices in Japan

The Wacky World of Japanese Mascots

May 12, 2021 Voices in Japan Episode 116
Voices in Japan
The Wacky World of Japanese Mascots
Show Notes

Chris Carlier, a British writer/illustrator in Tokyo who blogs about Japanese mascot characters joins Ben and Burke on the podcast. He has appeared in articles and interviews for CNN, Vice, GQ magazine, The BBC, and The New York Times, just to name a few.

We delve deep into this unique world where there are some very wacky mascots. A good example is Marimokkori, a popular character in Hokkaido. Marimo is the word for the green algae that grows in some of the lakes in Hokkaido, while mokkori is Japanese slang for erection.

Chris also talks about some of the strangest characters he has seen, the annual best mascot competition, the positive impact a good mascot can have on a city, some mascot scandals, and much much more! Enjoy the show!

Check out Chris' website and Twitter page for more information and photos.


Bearfoot Bar
Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. There are  variety of Japanese made craft bottled beers. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Burgers and pub style snacks. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff.  https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbar

The Red House
Located in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, just cross the main road and it’s behind the Seicomart Convenience store. The restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000. https://theredhouse.jp/

Rusutsu Lodges
Open all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability. http://rusutsulodges.com

Hokkaido Guide
Established over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. Check out website for everything you need to know about this beautiful prefecture. https://hokkaidoguide.com

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