Yearly Archives: 2010


John and Edward

Do you want to win a signed copy of Idle Idol and also help a charity at the same time?? During the month of November we’re growing moustaches for Movember and raising money for the fight against cancer. To stand a chance of winning the book all you have to do is sponsor us, please donate money to John or Edward via the movember website. At the end of the month the person who has made the largest donation will recieve a copy of the book. Any donation is greatly appreciated, thankyou.

moustaches idleidol

We’ve also put together a special Idle Idol post on the subject of Mascots with Moustaches.

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Idle Idol site – updates 2

Japans prefecture police characters

Lots of new posts on the Idle Idol site including the most comprehensive look on the whole of the internet at everyone of Japan’s police mascots. Find out everything you’d ever want to know about them and vote for your favourite one. If you’d like a large version of the image above its available to download here.

Japan’s police mascots
Big Boy
Construction barrier animals
Astro Boy
French fry guy
Elephant slides
Zakumi the world cup mascot
Ronals McDonald

and many many more.

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Timezone Twins

Twin Magazine has just published it’s latest issue with a double spread all about us. We’re going to try our best not to let the fame get to our heads. Click on the image below to see an enlarged version.

twin mag spread

front cover

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Bali Graffiti

Recently got back from a great trip in Bali, there was lots of great graffiti in Kuta and some great idle idols dotted around the beautiful island. To see more check out my flickr set.

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Win a Signed Copy of the Book


Idle Idol: The Japanese Mascot is officially out and to celebrate we’re offering the chance to win a copy of the book. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself or a friend with your favourite mascot. The entries will be judged by ourselves based on the awesomeness and bizarreness of the mascot and how cool the pose of the individual is.

The Prizes:
1st Prize: A signed copy of the book with a goody bag including Kero-chan and Koro-chan finger puppets, a Satoko-chan mobile phone strap and two badge sets.
2nd prize: A signed copy of the book with a badge set.
3rd prize: A badge set of your choice.

How to Enter:
There are four different ways to enter. Please also let us know where the photo was taken when submitting your entry.
1. Email your photos to
2. Join the Idle Idol facebook group and add your photo.
3. Upload your photo to flickr, post it to the Idle Idol flickr group and tag it with “idleidol”.
4. Follow whatwhatjohn or whatwhated on twitter and include a link to your photo along with #idleidol in your tweet.

We look forward to seeing your photos. Winners will be announced on the 22nd July and the winning entries will be displayed on the

Nyanta and Ed

Edward with Nyanta

Crayon-chan and John

John meeting Crayon-chan

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front cover to Remos new book


Remo Camerota’s new book Drainspotting hits the shelves soon. I’m really pleased that two of my photos from Okinawa made into the awesome collection. I met Remo last year and got chatting to him about his great Graffiti Japan book and I’ve got him to thank for inspiring and encouraging me in making Idle Idol happen.

To see more of my draincover photos check out my collection at flickr.

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Some more portraits of me drawn by some young Japanese students (12-13) from Fukazawa Junior High School. You can see some from last year here.

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Idle Idol site- updates

Lots going on over at Idle Idol, here’s an update of some of the links
Plastic Pigs
Native American Store Standers
Japanese Robots
Elephant and Castle
Big Crabs in Japan
Face Off

Lastly you can now see what the book looks like here

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Vending machines – Coined Consumerism

coined consumerism

many vending machines

Beer and liquor

Christopher D Salyers has a great new book out on Vending machines featuring two of my photos. Vending machines – Coined Consumerism is by MBP the same publisher as Idle Idol. The first one was snapped at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. There must be a lot of thirsty people who visit that place. The second is somewhere in Tokyo, possibly Shinagawa. There are beer vending machines everywhere in Japan. Children below the legal drinking age must be a lot more well behaved as something tells me this wouldn’t work in England.

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