Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Japan's cuddly cop mascots

Japan, as we all know, is big on cute — even police mascots are cute.


For instance, the prefectural police in Kumamoto, home of Mellow Monk green tea, have adopted Yuppi the Bear, shown below, as their mascot.


The name "Kumamoto" means "place of bears" and refers to the wild bears that used to roam the hills. Nowadays, bears in Kumamoto are found mainly in parks like Cuddly Dominion.



Yuppi, Kumamoto's crime-fighting bear.


—Mellow Monk


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