December 29th, 2012

Oricon's TOP 10 Drama Ratings of 2012


1. “Carnation” (NHK 2012/01/28) — 25.0%


2. “Ume-chan Sensei” (NHK 2012/08/11) — 24.9%


3. “Doctor X” (TV Asahi 2012/12/13) — 24.4%

4. “Kurumaisu de Boku wa Sora wo Tobu” (NTV 2012/08/25) — 23.8%

5. “Odoru Daisousasen THE LAST TV Salaryman Keiji to Saigo no Nanjiken” (FujiTV 2012/09/01) — 21.3%

6. “Aibou season10″ (TBS 2012/03/21) — 20.5%

7. “PRICELESS” (FujiTV 2012/12/10) — 20.1%

8. “ATARU” (TBS 2012/04/15) — 19.9%

9. “Jun to Ai” (NHK 2012/10/01) — 19.8%

10. “Atsui Kuuki” (TV Asahi 2012/12/22) — 18.6%



The Mischievious Kumamon: The Life and Times of Japan’s Mascots

Kumamon, the mischievous black bear mascot, is not only the face of Japan’s Kumamoto prefecture; he’s also the face of a movement. No other “creature” captures the craze surrounding Japan’s mascot boom as the rosy-cheeked bear.

His name is a combination of two words: “Kuma” is short for Kumamoto and “Mon” represents the local dialect that uses that word for the standard Japanese word for “things,” or “mono.” The bear was created in March 2010 to draw in tourists ahead of the 2011 opening of a new bullet train stop in the capital city of the southern Japanese prefecture. His popularity surged after he won the title of Japan’s most popular mascot in an online poll last year. He didn’t partake in this year’s poll.

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Read the WSJ’s Page One story on Japan’s mascots here: Isn’t That Cute? In Japan, Cuddly Characters Compete

source, kumamon on tumblr, kumamon on youtube