Do you have a favorite Japanese mascot? I purchased the 2014 Perfect Data Book which has pictures of the mascots from each prefecture. Funassyi, the pear mascot from Funabashi in Chiba, ranks as the most popular of them all.
My favorite mascot is Ibaraki's Mito Mitsukuni, also known as Mito Komon. Whenever I see him I think of Nakamura Baijaku's wonderful portrayal of Mito in the 2000 Taiga Drama, "Aoi Tokugawa."
I also like this character because of the long-running television series (1969 - 2011) "Mito Komon." When we initially came to Japan it was the first show we saw on the hotel TV! It made us think that somewhere in Japan, an episode of "Mito Komon" perpetually airs.
Recently I decided to search for some character merchandise. Using an inspired combination of search terms on Google Japan, I discovered Club T at clubt.jp and it turned out to be my dream site.
If you are interested in mascot-themed tees, polos, phone cases, tote bags, and other assorted items, just click the character-filled "Yuru T" box. (If you prefer other artistic choices, the site is overflowing with options.) Of course, I selected one of the Mito Komon t-shirts, and my package arrived last week. I was quite pleased! If you find something you'd like to purchase, just contact Goods from Japan and they will get it for you.