After two weeks of voting, Funasshi, the official “yuru-kyara” (mascot) representing Funabashi City in Chiba Prefecture, has come out as the number one local mascot in all of Japan.
Known for his amazing jumping power and jiggly, almost convulsive movements, Funasshi bounced his way into the hearts of the Japanese people. He was joined by six other bizarre mascots, including the snarling half melon, half bear character from Hokkaido and a chubby dolphin from Kagawa Prefecture, for the announcement of the election results on August 6.
Funasshi will join the ranks of Kumamon of Kumamoto Prefecture, the Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix 2011 winner, and Bari-san of Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture, last year’s winner.
The Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix 2013 voting was held on the Internet from July 10 to July 25. The final winner was chosen from among the top mascots of each of the seven regions in Japan with Funasshi, representing the Kanto region, coming out on top.
Source: Hachima Kiko
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