They come in all shapes and sizes. From the cute...
|Hikonyan. The mascot of the town of Hikoneshi in the Ibaraki prefecture.|
To the military...
|Saipon. The mascot of the defense force in the town of Saijo|
|And... uh... I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and... uh... the Iraq, everywhere, like, such as...|
But there is one character which is quickly gaining popularity. His name is "Funassyi" （ふなっしー）.
Yes, he's absolutely crazy. he jumps around, has a squeaky voice, wrestles with the host, and goes into fits that would make an epileptic blush. He's everything a Japanese person would want in a character.
And love them they do. They've whored him out and made countless products. And he's been in a phone commercial.
Even a crazy awesome anime character.
|Fighting for the freedom of all Nashi Pears|
And despite this fame, he is still the UNOFFICIAL character of Funabashi. Yes, the town of Funabashi are yet to want to claim him for there own!
But with 10 thousand followers on twitter and attracting over 300 people to each of his events, I don't see why they wouldn't despite the whole ADHD gimic.