Nowadays, almost every town has their own “yurukyara,” or mascot.
Tokyo is no exception. You might be familiar with Funabashi, Tokyo’s Funasshi.
Not getting lost on my way to the Sky Tree was only one of many great things that happened today.
On my way to the Sky Tree, I learned about a new mascot: Azuchan.
Azuchan is the “yurukyara” of Azumabashi, a neighborhood in Sumida, Tokyo near the Tokyo Sky Tree and Asakusa.
If you ignore the Sky Tree in the background (almost impossible), you’ll notice I accidentally took a picture including a sign with her on it.
And here you’ll see I accidentally took a picture of a vending machine. The part of the picture with the mascot’s shutter in it was intentional.
This mascot even has her own shop!
Eventually, I ran into Azuchan herself!
She was quite sweet, although her assistant seemed to be in a rush. Mascots have a packed schedule!
I wonder who is cuter: Fukkachan or Azuchan?
On my route home, light-up signs of this cute mascot lined the streets, making the journey home all the more pleasant.