Lastly you can now see what the book looks like here
Idle Idol The Japanese Mascot is the first book from Edward and John Harrison published by Mark Batty publishers. The book concentrates on Japan; a mecca for Idle Idols. Discover Japans obsession with characters from Pipo-kun the smiling orange alien for the police force to Anpanman the superhero with an edible face. Learn their names, origins and stories. IdleIdol.net is currently a showcase for these wonderful characters from Japan but will soon cover mascots from around the world. check out the website for more details on the book and how you can join in the search http://idleidol.net/book/.
The Japanese have a long-standing infatuation with characters cast as three-dimensional objects that represent products, companies, civic organizations, towns and just about anything else you can imagine. Idle Idol: The Japanese Mascot examines this fascinating cultural history, documenting the evolution of these character statues ubiquitous throughout the country today. More than three-dimensional logos, these mascots exemplify how the Japanese embrace the notion of cute in all aspects of life, dating back to the Edo period. Associated with a brand or shop the mascots also exist as stand-alone characters that people adore. Photographs and written explanations vivify these unique mascots that are artful, audacious and wholly Japanese!
We’ve started an Idle Idol facebook group so you can keep up to date with when the books due out or anything else that might be interesting. Contribute your own mascots too. Be sure to join the What What facebook fan page as well!
You might prefer to contribute to the The Idle Idol Flickr group instead, which was set-up many years ago when we first came up with the idea. The group was initially called Plastic People but was changed to Idle Idol.
This cute couple were given to me by the wonderful people at Kowa Pharmaceuticals. These are Yubi ningyou or finger dolls. Apparently there are more of these and other Kowa frogs than there are people in Japan. If you want to find out more about them you can visit this website (in Japanese) or wait until my book comes out.