News on Flower in Spring

Cherry trees have come into bloom in Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced on March 21,  4 days later than last year and 5 days earlier than usual.

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Kumamon Square

The webmaster visited much-longed-for Kumamon Square today.  This is her first time in Kyushu.  Amazingly, March 12 is Kumamon's birthday.  She attended and celebrated his birthday with many non-Japanese tourists.  Happy Birthday, Kumamon.  Thanks a lot for rejoicing us all the time.

Kumamon Fan Festival

As mentioned in this blog dated Jan. 25, the webmaster attended Kumamon Fan Festival today.  At the opening of the show, Kumamon rushed into the hall from behind for dramatic impact.  His dancing was very sharp.  The webmaster enjoyed the stage performance so much.  At the end, Kumamon, his attendants and other mascots gave all of the audience high five to see them off.  Kumamon's hands were big and stout.

Ticket for Kumamon Festival

Today, a postcard was delivered to the webmaster.  Surprisingly, that is a ticket for Kumamon Fan Festival in 2019 to be held in Tokyo on Feb. 17.  She was fortunately chosen as one of the audience.   Her affection has seemed to get through to Kumamon.  She has been excited about the event.

Justice won in Yuru Chara Grand Prix 2018.

On Nov. 18, the webmaster visited Hanazono Central Park to attend Yuru Chara Grand Prix 2018. After the executive committee deleted online votes from suspicious accounts, Kapal, a green mascot, representing the Shiki City Culture and Sports Promotion Public Corporation came from behind to win the Grand Prix.  Kapal is a water sprite based on a local folk tale.  Since Kapal worked so hard, it looked tired at the awarding ceremony and was encouraged by other mascots.  The webmaster was deeply moved at Kapal's 11th-hour changeover and hopes that fair votes will be cast next year.