David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

5 Responses to “Japan's school for mascots”

  1. Henry Pootel says:

    It’s what goes on after hours that would disturb me

  2. Christopher says:

    What percentage of graduates find a job in the mascot field?

    Having asked that I still have to admit I’m seriously tempted to enroll. I’ve always wanted to be a heavily made-up or costumed movie monster, but being a mascot is the next best thing, and, I assume, would be a more regular job.

  3. I don’t have sound on this computer; I found the most interesting part of this to be the dissonance between the formality of Japanese as a language as seen in the subtitles and how profusely the interviewees were sweating from being in the suits.

  4. Boundegar says:

    I’m guessing she would be very very disappointed in Antisemitic Elmo.

    http://boingboing.net/2012/06/27/antisemitic-elmo.html

  5. jayson says:

    I wish we took our jobs as seriously in America as they do in Japan. It seems like no matter what your job in Japan, you take pride in it and care about doing it right.

    For example, the delivery service Sagawa Express lets customers know how speedy they are by telling their employees that they must never be seen walking in public, always running or at least jogging quickly—and they really do it!
    http://www.kawaiikakkoiisugoi.com/2012/10/03/sagawa-express-delivery-ikemen-photo-book/

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