Trivia Trap

Mascot Mayhem

By Peter Underwood

Elaina won this one! Check the amazing pun-filled answers below…

The humidity is finally hitting Aomori. Temperatures are on the rise, weather is volatile and unpredictable, and the sweat is starting to form on our brows. However, when I think back about the hottest summer moments, in the unairconditioned staff room frantically waving a fan at my face, I always make sure to pay my respects to the people suffering most during the hottest and stickiest of seasons – people who dress up in mascot costumes. These brave people put on huge, insulating layers of fur and fabric and have to keep things genki, even when they’re dying on the literal inside. So to pay homage, this month’s trivia trap is all about Japanese mascots!

Here are the two wonderful prizes you can try for:

1)¥1000 Starbucks gift card
2) Mysterious Mystery Box of Mysterious Mystery! Tell us what kind of stuff you’re into, and place your faith in me to deliver a worthy prize. It could be anything–even a ¥1000 Starbucks gift card!

Let’s kick it off!

  1. Half a hard boiled egg on skis, often seen salting themselves or wearing a stars-and-stripes top hat. What area does this mascot represent?
    1. Hunter Mountain in Shiobara.
      1. Ok, so I have to go into a little more detail here, because it’s amazing. I was so confused about this mascot for the longest time, until it dawned on me: Hunter Mountain -> Hanta Maunten -> Hantama -> Half an egg! And it’s in Shiobara, which is why a constantly salted skiing half-egg is the mascot of a ski resort.
  2. A kawaii-fied “resurrection” of a Japanese Shogun – complete with Piano hakama and an eel for hair. What town claims this mascot as their own?
    1. Hanamatsu City – It’s a mascotified Tokugawa Ieyasu
  3. A blue haired super-hero king, permanently holding Champon noodles with a red Kanji-shaped moustache. Which town?
    1. Yawatahama, Ehime

As always, use any means necessary to find the answers to the questions. Send your answers to Answers are due by Friday 14th July! The winner will be announced in the August Vol. 1 issue of Good Morning Aomori.


Do you have any interesting trivia or facts you want to share with the Aomori crowd? If your trivia is chosen, you’re automatically entered into the prize drawing! E-mail us at


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