Tag Archives: mascot

Shachihoko

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One can’t help but notice this fish-like creature illustration with human legs at the subway stations of Nagoya, usually reminding you not to smoke. When I visited the iconic Nagoya Castle and saw its peculiar rooftop adornment, I then realize where the idea of the subway mascot came from.

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One of the many replicas of Shachihoko on display inside the Nagoya Castle

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Shachihoko on the castle’s roof (times two)

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A Shachihoko replica to sit on for a snapshot, for posterity’s sake

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Fujisan Trek: Readying

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Ample information provided by Japan that there’s no need to hire a guide to climb Mount Fuji

When Gerard, my classmate in high school, told me stories about his Mount Fuji hike, I was intrigued that the idea of doing it myself has been on my mind since 2013. I’d be a fool not to climb Mount Fuji.

So in this year’s climbing season I got to hike (finally) and saw Japan’s rising sun from the summit. It was incredibly brilliant, and as beautiful as the sunrise of Mount Pulag.

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Challenge poster

Prior to the actual hike, here are some snapshots related to readying not just for me but as observed around me mostly right before the climb that commenced at the 5th Station of the Yoshida trail.

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Donation of at least ¥1000 for the preservation of Mount Fuji as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Advice book in exchange for donation. Very handy information inside. If only I got hold of this days before the climb and not on the day itself

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No doubt we’re in Japan. See the mascot yonder?…

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Climbing sticks

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Soba with plenty of local summer vegetables from a restaurant at the 5th station

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Start of the trail at the 5th station…more on Fujisan trails in future post(s)

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.

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