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The 50th National Skills Competition   33rd National Abilympics - Nagano 2012 / Mascot Character “わざまるwazamaru”

from Brain Pickings

Fuzz & Fur: Japan’s Peculiar Subculture of Fur-Suit Mascots

Arukuma A kigurumi into kigurumi, this green bear loves to collect hats. Each one reflects one of Nagano’s many specialities, his collection includes a chestnut, persimmon, mushroom, lettuce, soba and wine. Arukuma, quite possibly the cutest kigurumi is the mascot for East Japan Railway and wants tourists to explore the beautiful outdoors of Nagano. His name combines the words 'aruku' ('walk') and 'kuma' ('bear').

from blogof.francescomugnai.com

30 Cute Japanese Mascots in Action

What can you say about Japan that hasn't already been said? As a nation they are obsessed with colourful characters, Manga comics & anything that's even...

from MLive.com

Hockey and a movie; see the Kalamazoo Wings this Sunday

K-Wings Family Hockey Day in the 'ZOO this Sunday! Presented by Consumers Credit Union!