Gunma-Chan’s Big Adventure

Great story from our Japan colleagues at RocketNews24. Gunma is a prefecture in Japan. (Sorta like a district or county- Google wasn’t much help, or I just couldn’t comprehend.) Speaking of “can’t comprehend,” take a look at this. Gunma-Chan is the mascot for, well, Gunma tourism.

Prepare the Squee Rocket for liftoff, Cap’n.

EVERYTHING in Japan has a mascot. Gonna have nightmares dreams about this for sure.



  1. This, this right here is why I adore Japan.

  2. 6rabbits says:

    This, this right here is why I need to VISIT Japan!!

  3. daisycam says:

    He’s quite the little dancer, isn’t he? Great way to promote tourism, because now I want to visit!

  4. Victoria, Mom to 3 Rats says:

    Am I the only one who feels like this thing needs a “Creppy” tag?

  5. Prefectures are something between a district and a US-type state, basically. It’s kind of nebulous. But they have governors and try to promote tourism/business in their prefectures… and, yes, they have all sorts of Official Prefecture Doodads. Like flowers, birds, food and drink (always local products, natch!), and mascots. XD

  6. Is that hamburger in the second video?