12/31/2020

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河童 / 合羽 / かっぱ / カッパ - Kappa, the Water Goblin of Japan!
River Imp, Water Sprite, River Monster



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Kappa are supernatural creatures which live both on land and in water. They are as tall as a four or five year old child. They have a beak-like snout, and fins on their hands and feet. They also have a shell on their back, and a water-filled dish on their head. As long as the dish is full of water, kappa keep their supernatural powers. Kappa are known for dragging people into the water and pulling out their livers through their anuses.

Although kappa harm people sometimes, there are also many tales where they have helped people. They are very curious. They often appear in cartoons because of their lovable images.

Kappa love sumo wrestling and cucumbers. That is why cucumber sushi rolls are called "kappa maki". "Okappa" are bobbed hairstyles because they look like the kappa's hairstyles. Kappa are excellent swimmers.
There is a saying "Kappa no kawa nagare (a drowning kappa)" which means, even an expert can make mistakes sometimes.

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3/06/2020

Amabie and Epidemics

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Amabie アマビエ
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Amabie (アマビエ)
is a legendary Japanese mermaid who allegedly emerges from the sea and prophesies either an abundant harvest or an epidemic. There are other mermaids and mermen known by other names but considered identical.
The male amabiko (アマビコ, 天日子) or amahiko (尼彦, あま彦, 天彦),
the amahiko-nyūdo (尼彦入道), and
the elusive arie (アリエ)..


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- Legend
Amabie appeared in Higo Province (Kumamoto Prefecture) according to legend, around the middle of the 4th month, in the year Kōka-3 (mid-May, 1846) in the Edo era. A glowing object had been spotted in the sea, almost on a nightly basis. The town's official went to the coast to investigate, and witnessed the amabie. She had a mouth like bird's bill, and was covered in scales from the neck down. Addressing the official, she identified herself as an amabie and told him that she lived in the open sea. She went on to deliver a prophecy: "Good harvest will continue for six years,
if disease spreads show a picture of me to those who fall ill and they will be cured." Afterwards, she returned the sea. The story was printed in the kawaraban (woodblock-printed bulletins), where her likeness was printed, and this is how the story disseminated in Japan.

- Similar yōkai
A yōkai creature considered identical to Amabie is the merman named Amahiko (尼彦), which reputedly appeared in the sea of Higo Province. This Amahiko resembled Amabie in that it also made predictions of bountiful harvests or pestilence, and prescribed displaying the picture of his likeness in order to avoid catastrophe. The Amahiko Nyūdo (尼彦入道 "the amahiko monk") of Hyuga Province (Miyazaki prefecture) was another creature considered of the same kind, who appeared and pronounced his prophecy.

A similar creature named Arie (アリエ) appeared in "Aoshima-gun" county, Higo Province, according to the Yamanashi Nichinichi Shinbun newspaper dated 17 June 1876, although this report has been debunked by another paper. The Yūbin Hōchi Shinbun dated 10 June 1876 also carried an article about Amahiko.

The three creatures share these common characteristics:
1) appearance from the sea, 2) prediction of good harvest and the plague, and 3) a solution of disaster by showing the apparition's picture, and on that account have been considered identical.

The Amahiko no Mikoto (天日子尊 the holy Amahiko) was spotted in a rice paddy in Yuzawa, Niigata, as reported by the Tokyo Nichinichi shinbun dated 8 August 1875.
The Yamawarawa (山童 the mountain child- Kappa) in the folklore of Amakusa is believed to haunt the mountains. Although neither of these last two emerge from sea, other similarities such as prophesying indicate they belong to the same kind.
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. Mermaids .
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. coronavirus in Japan コロナウイルス - 2020 - COVID-19 .


. hayariyamai はやり病 / 流行病と伝説 Legends about epidemics .
densenbyoo 伝染病 Densenbyo contagious diseases / pandemic
ekiri 疫痢 plague

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Amabie with a fugu 河豚 blowfish for more power !
At the Shrine 亀山八幡宮 Kameyama Hachimangu




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下関・亀山八幡宮、アマビエ描いた御朱印郵送始める
新型コロナウイルスに対する不安を減らそうと、疫病退散に御利益があるとされる妖怪「アマビエ」を描いた御朱印が、山口県下関市中之町の亀山八幡宮で授与されている。御朱印は本来、参拝者に授与しているが、現在は境内に人が集まらないように希望者への郵送で対応している。
アマビエは、うろこに覆われた胴体や、長髪が特徴の半人半魚の妖怪。江戸時代に現在の熊本県沖に現れ、「疫病が流行したときは私の姿を絵に描いて人々に見せよ」と言い残して海に消えたとされる。ウイルス感染が拡大する中、芸能人やイラストレーターが疫病退散を願って描いたイラストをネット上に投稿したり、各地でグッズや和菓子が生まれたりしている。
亀山八幡宮は「(感染を懸念して)参拝を控える人たちの不安な気持ちが少しでも落ち着けば」と、アマビエの御朱印を発案。神職の見習いに当たる出仕の大鳥居奨(つとむ)さん(23)が宿直の夜にイラストを描いた。図案はアマビエがフグを持っている姿で、神職の竹中信彦さん(45)は「届いたら神社の方向へお祈りして、終息したときに参拝していただければ。疫病が去って福が来ることを願います」と話した。
フグを持つアマビエの御朱印
アマビエの御朱印は、他の御朱印(初穂料500~1000円)と一緒に授与している。郵送の申し込みなど問い合わせは亀山八幡宮社務所(083・231・1323)。
【佐藤緑平】
- reference source : Mainihci Shinbun 2020/05/13-




- Homepage of the Shrine
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fugu is a play of words with fuku, to bring good luck and happiness!
. fugu 河豚 / 鰒 / 鯸 / 魨 blowfish, puffer fish, globe fish .




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新型コロナ終息願う アマビエ像 Statue of Amabie
天草市の神社に、疫病から人々を守る熊本の妖怪とされる「アマビエ」をかたどった石像が祭られています。
石像は、天草市有明町の大島子諏訪神社の境内に今月11日に祭られました。
石像は高さ45センチで、墓石などに使われる灰色の「唐津石」を材料に、くちばしやうろこが立体的に作られていて、境内の参道横の、およそ1メートルの台座の上に祭られています。
神社の山浦一男宮司によると、明治時代、赤痢などの疫病がはやったとき、地域の人々がこの神社のそばにあった石神のほこらにサカキを供えて祈ったという言い伝えがあり、今回も新型コロナウイルスの一日も早い終息を願って、神社に石像を祭ることにしたということです。
参拝に訪れた人たちは、手を合わせたり頭をなでるなどして一日も早い終息を願っていました。
大島子諏訪神社の山浦一男宮司は「かわいらしい石像を手でなでるなどして和んでいただいて、心も癒やしていただければと思います」と話していました。
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Meet the Japanese Yokai That Will Save us From the Coronavirus
By Kirsty Kawano May 20, 2020
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wagashi アマビエ和菓子 Amabie sweets





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Amabie Daruma アマビエ だるま









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'Amabie'-shaped bread popular amid outbreak
Bread shaped like a mythical mermaid-like monster that folklore says repels plagues is proving popular in Japan as people hope for the end of the coronavirus outbreak.
A cafe in the city of Uruma,
Okinawa Prefecture, started selling the bread, which looks like Amabie, last month.
The bread is made from locally-sourced ingredients,
including yellow potato for the monster's long hair and beak, and red sweet potato for the body.
The cafe has closed temporarily
since early last month due to the outbreak. But orders have been pouring in from across the country after it began selling the product online.
A representative of the cafe says
she hopes the bread will make people smile and help boost their immunity so that the outbreak will end as soon as possible.
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yogen no tori 予言の鳥 / ヨゲンノトリ prophecy bird



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ogen no tori are prophetic birds which resemble two-headed crows. One of their heads is white. They can speak, and are sent by the gods to deliver important messages to humanity such as warnings about epidemics.
Behavior:
Like most prophetic yōkai, nothing is known of yogen no tori’s natural behavior, as they are only seen when there is an important message to deliver.
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In addition to delivering an important message, yogen no tori are such holy animals that merely an image of them is enough to keep the evil spirits which cause disease away. Regularly looking at a picture of a yogen no tori is said to protect the viewer from harm.
Origin:
The story of the yogen no tori follows an Edo Period pattern of yokai warning about outbreaks and offering their image as protection. Contagious diseases like cholera are spread by invisible means, and for a long time there were no known cures or methods of protection against them. Amulets, talismans, and image of holy yōkai might not have done much to actually prevent sickness, but the willingness of people to cling to their promise of salvation is understandable.
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A serious cholera outbreak struck Japan in the summer of 1858. During the outbreak, a government official from Kai Province (Yamanashi Prefecture) named Kizaemon, discovered the legend of the yogen no tori and reported it in Bōshabyō ryūkō nikki, a journal detailing the outbreak.
According to his report, a yogen no tori was sighted in December of 1857 near Mount Haku in Kaga Province (present-day Ishikawa Prefecture). The bird foretold, “Around August or September of next year, a disaster will occur, killing 90% of the world’s population. Those who gaze upon my image morning and night and believe in me will be spared from this suffering.”
Kizaemon believed the yogen no tori to be a messenger from the gods. He declared it to be a symbol of the great power of Kumano Gongen. An illustration of the bird was printed alongside the report so people could see it and receive its protective powers.
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Teijin 氐人【テイジン】dī rén
A Yokai monster from China.
A kind of merman, half fish half male human.



中国に伝わる人魚のような怪人のこと。
氐人国に住んでいるといわれ、資料には上半身が男性の人魚の姿で描かれている。
人魚の一種とされる
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- Yōkai 妖怪 Yokai monsters - - ABC-Index -

. yookai, yōkai 妖怪 Yokai monsters .
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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


. Kappa densetsu 河童伝説, Kappa minwa 河童民話 - Legends - Introduction .

. Tengupedia - 天狗ペディア - Tengu ABC-List .

. Mingei 民芸 Regional Folk Art from Japan .

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3/04/2020

Dodomeki Todomeki Demon

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Dodomeki, Todomeki 百々目鬼 / 百々眼鬼


source : popeye.sakura.ne.jp... doumeki . 百目鬼面

. Tochigi Folk Art - 栃木県 .

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A dodomeki (百々目鬼) is a Japanese yōkai
that's depicted as human women who are cursed with having long arms covered with hundreds of bird eyes due to their habit of stealing money.
It is also called the todomeki.

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Dodomeki were first described by the 18th century Japanese scholar Toriyama Sekien.
The long arms of a dodomeki reflects the Japanese belief that a person with long arms has a tendency to steal. The bird eyes that grows on the dodomeki's arm are a reference to the Japanese dōsen, a copper coin with a hole in the middle of it that's commonly known as the chōmoku (Birds eye).

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Conflict with Fujiwara no Hidesato
During the Heian period, a kuge (court bureaucrat) named Fujiwara no Hidesato had just defeated the rebel Taira no Masakado and been promoted as the kokushi regent of the Shimotsuke province for his victory. One day while hunting in his newly acquired territory, Hidesato encountered an old man who warned him about a yōkai who had been terrorizing a nearby horse graveyard at night. Hidesato went to the horse graveyard to investigate and waited until sundown for the yōkai to appear. Once the yŏkai arrived, it revealed itself to be a dodomeki that stood over ten foot tall and had arms covered with hundreds of glowing eyes. Hidesato drew his bow and shot an arrow at the brightest glowing eye, causing the dodomeki to flee and collapse near Mount Myōjin. When Hidesato later pursued the yōkai, the dodomeki emitted a burst of flame from its body and a fume of poisonous gas from its mouth. Outmatched, Hidesato fled from the scene and returned the next day to find the ground heavily burnt, but no sign of the dodomeki.
Meeting Priest Chitoku
Nearly 400 years later during the Muromachi period, a priest named 智徳 Chitoku was called to investigate a series of unexplained fires that broke out at the temple in a village near Mount Myōjin. He started to notice a woman covered with a robe near the temple whenever he held his sermons and discovered that she was the same dodomeki that Hidesato had fought 400 years earlier. She had come back to suck up her remaining toxic fumes and blood that she lost during her last battle with Hidesato.
The temple was built on top of the battle site, so the dodomeki caused a series of fires to scare all the priests away. However, after consistently overhearing Chitoku preaching whenever she walked by the temple, the dodomeki became enlightened and vowed to never commit any more evil deeds for the rest of her life.
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. Fujiwara no Hidesato 藤原秀郷 .
. Taira no Masakado (平将門) .

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百目貫」「百目木」 / Doomeki どうめき

土佐の山越えのどど目鬼

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百目鬼
ーーー 兎田の百目鬼
大曽(宇都宮市大曽)を通りかかった藤原秀郷(ふじわらのひでさと)のもとにふしぎな老人が現われ「大曽村の北西にある兎田という馬捨場[3]にゆけ」と告げたので向かったところ、十丈はあろうかという大きさで、百の目をもつ刃のような髪の鬼が姿を見せたので、弓を射って退治したとされる。矢を受けて去った百目鬼は明神山で倒れたが毒気と炎を放ちつづけ、本願寺(宇都宮市塙田)の智徳(ちとく)という僧の法力によって成仏をするまで人々を困らせていたという。
ーーー 百穴の百目鬼
長岡の百穴には昔、百匹の鬼を従えた鬼が棲んでいたが「鬼のような世界からは出たい」と発願。本願寺(宇都宮市塙田)に通って仏門に帰依した結果、人間に生まれ変わることが出来た。百匹の鬼の頭目だったことに由来して「百目鬼」という地名がついたとされる[1][4]。本願寺に人間になった百目鬼が感謝のしるしとして置いていった親指の爪と水晶の数珠が残されているという[4]。
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夕顔の実を利用した鬼のお面(かんぴょう面)が郷土玩具としてつくられており、これは百目鬼にちなんでつくられたものとされている。
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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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3/02/2020

Sanki three Oni

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Sanki Son 三鬼尊 Three venerable Oni


満福密寺 Manpukumitsu-Ji / 満福寺 Manpuku-Ji
22-27 Asahicho, Tochigi / 栃木県栃木市旭町22-27

These three Oni help ward off 悪運断ち negative influences in our lives. The three Oni in three different colors

. aka-oni 赤鬼伝説 red Oni demon legends .

. ao-oni 青鬼伝説 blue/green Oni demon legends .

. kuro-oni 黒鬼伝説 black Oni demon legends .


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Sanki Daigongen 三鬼大権現 Sanki Do 三鬼堂 Hall for the three Demons



広島県廿日市市宮島の弥山 / 安芸の宮島の大聖院 Hiroshima
三鬼大権現は大小の天狗
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Temple Manpuku-Ji 満福寺 Sanki Do 三鬼堂 Hall for the three Demons
山号を「教王山」、院号を「遍照光院」/ 栃木県栃木市旭町22-27 Tochigi



Main deity is 大日如来 Dainichi Nyorai.
Also enshrined are
開運厄除大師 Kaiun Yakuyoke Daishi
三鬼尊 Sanki Son
子授け観音 Kosodate Kannon
縁結び歓喜天 Enmusubi Kankiten
身代り地蔵尊 Migawari Jizo and others
- The three Oni statues (red, blue and black) were maybe made by 左甚五郎 Hidari Jingoro or by Jocho (? - 1057).
戦後、閻魔大王の縁日の16日に合わせ、1月と8月の16日に縁日がひらかれてにぎわったが、この鬼は閻魔大王に仕える地獄の獄卒ではなく、江戸と日光を往来する修験行者によって尊崇されたヤマの守護神と推察される。ちなみに、広島県宮島の弥山に「三鬼堂」があり福徳・知恵・降伏を司る三鬼大権現が祀られ、同じく麓の大聖院(真言宗御室派)の摩尼殿にも祀られている。
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Manpukuji Temple
706, Nowata Nogi-machi Shimotsuga-gun Tochigi
Manpukuji Temple is said to have been built by Kogakubo Ashikaga Shigeuji between 1492 and 1500 and is the site of Shigeuji's grave.The temple also houses a Shaka Nyoraizo statue said to be a work of Gyoki from the Kamakura Engakuji Temple.The cherry blossom at the temple gate is a site to behold when it blooms in the spring.
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Sanki Do 三鬼堂 Hall for the three Demons 三鬼神
Miyajima 宮島



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「酒屋荒し」の鬼
昔々ある冬の晩、お寺の近くの酒屋に大男が来て「酒をくれ」と大きな徳利を出しました。びっくりした酒屋の主人が、大徳利にあふれるほど酒を注いで渡すと、大男は小銭をおいて暗い夜道に消えていきました。
あくる朝主人がその小銭をたしかめると、土間に木の葉が数枚落ちているだけでした。次の晩もその次の晩も同じことが起きたので、奇妙に思った主人はこっそり大男の後をつけていったのですが、お寺の境内で見失ってしまいました。
このことをお寺の住職におそるおそる相談したところ、三鬼堂の赤鬼・青鬼・黒鬼のうちまん中の青鬼が酒の臭いのすることがわかりました。そこで酒屋の主人はある日近所の男たちの力を借り、お寺の三鬼堂に上りこみ青鬼を鉄のクサリで縛ってしまいました。それからというもの、その酒屋に大男があらわれなくなりました。

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「鬼門除け」の話
この三鬼尊は、江戸時代に当地の都賀郡部屋村富吉の石塚家から当山に寄進されたと伝えられています。石塚家には立派な長屋門があり、その階上部分に祀られていたといいます。しかし、石塚家から当山に寄進された理由はさだかではありません。
部屋村では、古くから巴波川(うずまがわ)の舟運河岸が栄え、渡良瀬川・利根川・荒川を経由して江戸との交易がさかんに行われました。大きな荷物はこの部屋村で陸揚げし、中小の荷は小舟で巴波川を上り栃木の町(今の入舟町河岸)まで運ばれました。
栃木の町は部屋村の上流、北東の方角に当ります。北東は丑寅(うしとら)の方角、つまり鬼門です。部屋村では毎年のように巴波川の出水に見舞われ、家屋が水に浸かったり、実った稲が全滅する年もありました。巴波川の出水は部屋村の人々にとって最大の災いでした。この災いを除くため、三鬼尊が鬼門の方角にある栃木町の当山に寄進され、「鬼門除け」とされたとしても不思議ではありません。

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「山の霊鬼」の話
当山の開祖朝海法印は山に入って厳しい修行を行う修験僧でした。開創以来、当山は修験道のご祈祷を行う真言寺院で、日光の山や峰での修行に向う行者さんの宿泊所になっていたにちがいありません。
部屋村の石塚家は大きな屋敷をもった名家だったそうで、舟運でこの地にやってくる人の宿にもなり宿泊者のなかには修験の行者もいて、長屋門に祀られている三鬼尊を旅や修行の守り神として敬拝していたことは想像に難くありません。
当山と石塚家の縁をつないだのは、方角や吉凶運などに詳しいこの修験の行者たちに相違なく、部屋村の人々の洪水の悩みを聞き、巴波川上流の栃木町(鬼門の方角)で彼らの宿になっている当山に三鬼尊を寄進することを人々に勧め、自分らが背負って舟で運んだものと思われます。
この場合の三鬼尊とは、山を神仏として敬う人たちが、住む里に山の恵みをもたらす「山の霊鬼(霊力)」のことで、前日光・古峰神社の天狗にも通じます。
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三鬼尊土鈴 clay bell with the drunk red demon
He wears a white tenugui 手ぬぐい hand towel around his head and carries a tokkuri 徳利 sake bottle.

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onifu 鬼符 amulet to subpress demons
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Kaparu Saitama 2018

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Kaparu カパル Saitama 2018
2018 Yuru-kyara Grand Prix / ゆるキャラ®グランプリ2018




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Saitama city’s Kaparu
beats out organized voting to win grand prix title at annual mascot contest

OSAKA –
Kaparu from Shiki, a city in Saitama Prefecture, won the 2018 Yuru-kyara Grand Prix (Soft Character Grand Prix) title in the regional division on Sunday.

With the motif of the mythical kappa, or water goblin, the mascot for the city’s public corporation to promote culture and sports garnered 889,346 votes to beat two municipal mascots that were supported by organized votes in the poll.

The results of the vote were announced at Hanazono Central Park in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture.

It was discovered that the first runner-up,
Ja-Bo, from Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, and the third pick,
Konyudo-kun, from Yokkaichi in Mie Prefecture,
were supported by municipal workers and others who voted many times using a huge number of multiple voting IDs. Ja-Bo garnered 843,682 votes and Konyudo-kun 807,592 received votes.

Yokkaichi’s mascot came first in a preliminary tally, after the municipal government distributed over 10,000 IDs to its 4,000 workers. But after stopping accepting ballots, the event organizing committee deleted what appeared to be organized votes and announced the final results.

Yokkaichi Mayor Tomohiro Mori told reporters that the surviving 800,000 ballots were full of citizens’ wishes for Konyudo-kun’s victory.

Shuichiro Nishi, chairman of the committee, pointed out that organized votes are seen every time. “Achieving top rankings should not be set as an ultimate goal,” Nishi said. “Regional revitalization is a product of constant efforts after the contest.”

“Only five staff members and some part-timers took charge (of Kaparu’s election campaign),” said Hanako Gondawara of the Shiki Culture and Sports Promotion Corp.

“Because we could not rely on organized votes, I never imagined we could win,” she said.

This year’s contest saw participation by 909 mascots from across the country.

Besides online voting, 38,348 visitors to the contest venue at the park cast ballots, each of which was equivalent to three online votes.
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