Character Wonderland

Adults and children alike in Japan love characters. They come in all shapes and sizes, including everything from global superstars like Hello Kitty to mascots created to promote local areas or products. This series showcases Japan as a character wonderland.

Kamen Rider: Still a Hit Four Decades Later

More than 40 years have gone by since the TV debut of the Kamen Rider series. It remains as popular as ever in Japan, especially among young boys. A recent art exhibition showcased this iconic superhero.

Fluffy Mascots on the Loose in SaitamaMichael Schauerte

Japan is home to an astounding number of promotional mascots, or yuru kyara. In late November a “summit” held in Hanyū, Saitama Prefecture, brought together over 200 mascots, tens of thousands of fans, and one puzzled American trying to make sense of it all.

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