This black bear is Kumamon.

In Japan there are many cute characters to represent local areas. 

Kumamon is from Kumamoto.

Everybody knows this character because he has no copyright, so it is used for many products. 

I painted Kumamon in front of Mt. Aso. 

The area around Mt.Aso was hit hard.

Don’t give up Kumamoto!

Ganbare Kumamon!
 ©2010 kumamoto pref. kumamon

Yuru kyara



This is the Fukuoka Tower mascot: Fu-ta kun.

They say he is kind and shy.

His height is 234 cm, and the towers’ height is 234 meters.

In Japan there are many mascots which are called “Yuru kyara”.

It means loose character mascots.

Many kinds of local areas and company groups have yuru kyara.

Every year the yuru kyara Grand Prix contest is held in Japan. 

More than 1500 characters enter it.