This year's Yuru-kyara Grand Prix was held in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture on November 3rd.
Yuru-kyara are everywhere in Japan. But what are they exactly? Here is some information to help you understand what are these characters.
Mr. Miura came up with the original idea of Yuru-kyara when he saw Bunkkaki, the mascot character representing an annual festival in Hiroshima.
Mr. Miura came out with three requirements regarding Yuru-kyara’s features:
1. It has to send us a strong message of love for one’s hometown.
2. It has to show us bizarre and unique features.
3. Its laid-back attitude has to be loved by everyone.
Currently, there are recognized 1,699 Yuru-kyara according to the number of Grand Prix participants. In addition to popular local Yuru-kyara, there are also other types of Yuru-kyara such as corporate Yuru-kyara.
1. It TALKS.
2. It doesn’t have a laid-back attitude unlike other popular Yuru-kyara.
3. It is an unofficial mascot.
Funassyi often shows up in talk shows on TV because people enjoy its sharp tongue.
Now that you know what are Yuru-kyara, let’s see the ranking of Yuru-kyara Grand Prix 2014 next!
Yuru-kyara Grand Prix Website: http://www.yurugp.jp/ (in Japanese)