Funassi, Tomachan and Kobaton are character

 

th (1)Do you know Funassi? It is really famous character in Japan. It is from Funabashi Chiba. Every city and prefecture has like this character. Every character is based on famous things or symbol in each city and prefectures.

 

My city’s character is “Tomachan”. Tomachan means Tomato. My city is famous place to grow tomatoes. My prefecture’s character is “Kobaton”. Kobaton means

 

Shirakobato. Shirakobato is kind of pigeon and it is a symblol of peace in Saitama.

 

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I heard America doesn’t have like this characters. Is that ture? Japanese people really like cute things. That’s why we made like this characters.

日本の各県、各街ではキャラクターがいる。日本人はかわいいものが好きだからきっとこのようなキャラクターをつくったのだろう。

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