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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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Idle Idol – Site launch

Idle Idol gallery

Lots of entires over at the Idle Idol site find out about the Tokyo Fire Department mascot Kyuta, Domokun – NHK’s wide mouthed monster.tower mascots from all over Japan and much more.

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!

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Contribute to Idle Idol

facebook group

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!

flickr group

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.

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Kero-chan and Koro-chan


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.

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Not quite Idle Idol enough but I like these signs a lot. The eyes madly rotate round and round outside these opticians. Megane means glasses in Japanese.

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Idle Idol

Japanese mascots

Our new book ‘Idle Idol’ published by Mark Batty Publisher is due out next year in April. Its packed full of info on Japans wonderful 3D characters, learn their names, origins and stories. For a sneak peak visit our Flickr set and check our new site www.idleidol.net in the coming months.

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