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Everything You Need To Know About Japan's Mascot Craze

According to the Finance Ministry of Japan, the mascot craze is a waste of taxpayer money and the "yuruchara" should be decimated. WE MUST SAVE THE MASCOTS.

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Many of the mascots represent very obscure places and things. You wouldn't even guess half of them.

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What even is that thing holding Carly Rae Jepsen's hand??? Some sort of royal egg? A superhero apple?

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Some localities are coming up with creative ways to save their beloved mascots. In Rumoi, Hokkaido, eight local mascots were combined to create the megazord-like Ororon Robo Mebius.

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If you couldn't tell, Gunma-chan is a pony walking on its hind legs. In the video below, he provides a great example of what these mascots are supposed to do: encourage tourism.

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And record a single called "Funa Funa Funassyi."

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Funassyi is such a big celebrity, it was even invited to New York Fashion Week this year.

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