The bear Kumamon, a big Japanese star from Kumamoto Prefecture and the prefecture’s mascot, appears on stage at the Big City department store in Hsinchu City yesterday as Kumamoto Governor Kabashima Ikuo visited the city. Kumamon placed first in a national competition for local mascots in Japan in 2011, after which his popularity exploded across Japan.Jan 27, 2013

Photo: Chen Hsiung-jen, Taipei Times

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