Tag Archives: Ibaraki

Hanging Festive Decors

Hanging festive decors seen in Kanto region, Japan.

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Carp streamers in Tsuchiura

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Carp streamers in Kawagoe

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Lanterns in temple grounds

Territorial Mascots

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Tsuchiura City in Ibaraki Prefecture is known for its lotus root production and so its mascot somehow depicts its specialty. See the ear of the rodent-like character; it's the cross-section of a lotus root. (This is a local tourism poster at Tsuchiura train station)

I’ve seen how Japanese love to use mascot to represent a place, be it a city or an institution. In some way it’s interesting to note that they found a way to create an identity of sort in a cute way.

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Kutan, the mascot of Narita Airport

From what I’ve observed, local governments largely use these mascots for local tourism campaign and to promote their specialty in a fun way.

Kijo

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A castle ruins in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture. More than an hour away from Tokyo

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The gate

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The moat and what's left of the castle

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Carp streamers

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My kind of place. I'd rather spend time here than in one of those busy Tokyo districts

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