COMPETITION – Design A Mascot For Japan Centre


Get out those pens and pencils kids, it’s time to get creative! Here at Japan Centre we’re calling on lovers of Japanese culture to design a unique mascot for us. Not only will this new character be featured on our blog and social media pages, the winner will receive some fantastic prizes. Read on and get involved…

Hello Kitty, Kumamon, Anpanman – just some cute and cool Japanese characters that have gone on to take the world by storm, and your very own creation could be next.

To celebrate our beautiful new-look website and blog for 2015, we want you to design us a unique mascot. It can be as simple or complicated as you like – cute, scary, smooth, hairy – it’s up to you. It can be a scanned drawing, a picture of a drawing, a clip art creation or an oil-paint sensation – we’re giving you creative license on this one. To enter, here’s what you need to do:

Send your design to quoting “mascot competition” in the subject line. Please include a name for your mascot and a sentence about them. 

We’ll accept entries until 30th September, at which point we’ll ask our followers to vote on our favourite mascot potentials. The crowned winner will receive:

mascot selection

  • This sensational Mascot Set put together especially for this competition, courtesy of Japan Centre Online. It’s packed full of faves adorned with the cute and quirky mascots, including Kumamon Tonkotsu Noodles and Hello Kitty Furikake.
  • A DVD of Norwegian Wood, the breathtaking film version of Haruki Murakami’s celebrated novel.
  • A beautiful film poster for Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, featuring Rinko Kikuchi.
  • The winning mascot will be featured on our blog and social media pages. Just think, your very own creation could go viral!

We’ll be giving updates about the competition on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so follow us to keep up to date.

We can’t wait to see what you all come up with!