Geek in Asia

Kumamon art

Written By: Erik van Berkum - May• 09•13

Japanese love mascots the most popular one is Kumamon bear. This mascot is created by the local government of Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan in 2010 for the opening of the new bullet train stop. In 2011 it was voted as the most popular Japanese character.

Having dinner in a nice Italian restaurant in Tokyo I came a cross the Kumamon character made from Champagne cork, next to Mickey and Mini Mouse.


At the moment their are already 3 books written about the bear and another in the making.

Some other statistics about Kumamon, he has over 220.000 Twitter followers and more than 110.000 Facebook page likes.


Tomato haircut

Written By: Erik van Berkum - May• 07•13

In the Netherlands we are always looking for the next new thing in tomato-land. If growers during “Kom in de Kas”, are getting their hair done like the girl below this successful event becomes even more successful.

This tomato haircut is a work of art by a hairdresser called Hiro who works in a hair salon in Osaka. It seems that this kind of haircuts are very popular among a group of trendy young people who hang out in the Amemura district in Osaka.

tomato haircut 

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Source: Languinsquid