Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix 2016 – The Ultimate Japanese Mascot Event

Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix is the biggest Japanese Mascot event in Japan, where you can find thousands of Japanese mascots from all over the country. Let us guide you through this unique event!

Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

First held in 2010, the Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix is an annual event dedicated to those funny, cute and occasionally weird looking animated creatures, Yuru-Kyra (ゆるキャラ) or mascots. The Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix (ゆるキャラグランプリ)has become increasingly popular with children, adults, locals and visitors alike since its inception, now boasting 1727 entrants and roughly 70,000 onlookers. The numbers surely don’t lie – this is an ‘only in Japan’ event that needs to be seen to be believed. 

What to see and do:

Certainly, expect to see a large number of Japanese mascots, gathered here from all over the country. These range from famous, well-established mascots to newcomers – who were able to pass through the qualifying stages – all representing a certain region or organization. On top of this, the event is filled with booths curated by the mascot creators, selling and giving away products and souvenirs. 

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Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

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Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

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Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

And the highlight is of course the final contest and the announcement of the winner.

Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

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Photo Credit: Kosu via Japanese scenery you never know [kosublog]

List of the past winners

To become the Japanese mascot of the year, entrants must meet certain criteria and win public votes. The requirements include having a unique or odd movement style, working hard to promote their origins and being unconditionally lovable!

Past winners: 

2010 Hikonyan (Hikone Castle, Shiga Prefecture)

Photo Credit : Takashi Hososhima via Flickr cc

Photo Credit : Takashi Hososhima via Flickr cc

2011 Kumamon (Kumamoto Prefecture)

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Photo Credit : Norio NAKAYAMA via Flickr cc

2012 Bari-san (Imabari city, Ehime Prefecture)

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2013 Sanomaru (Sano city, Tochigi Prefecture)

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Photo Credit :ビーバー西山 via Flickr cc

2014 Gunma-chan (Gunma Prefecture)

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Photo credit: Kyoww [ GFDL or CC-­BY­-SA-­3.0 ], via Wikimedia

2015 Hamamatsu’s Ieyasu-kun (Hamamatsu city, Shizuoka )

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Photo Credit : Takeshi KOUNO via Flickr cc

Access

The 2016 Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix will be held on November 5th and 6th from 9:00 to 16:00 at Shiroyama park in Matsuyama city, Ehime prefecture. The fastest way to get there from Tokyo is by plane from either Narita or Haneda airport to Matsuyama airport. The alternative options are transport by train or bus, both taking approximately 6-12 hours from the capital city.

Train:

Tokyo Station – Matsuyama Station (about 6 hours) via JR Shikoku

Bus:

Tokyo – Matsuyama (about 12 hours) via JR Shikoku and Iyo Railway Co., Ltd.

Admission:

On the day: 600 yen for adults, 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students and free for pre school students.

Advance tickets: 500 yen for adults and 200 yen for elementary and junior high school students.

 

Check out for more information about Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix below.

Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix Official website (only in Japanese):
www.yurugp.jp

Information about Matsuyama city:
http://en.matsuyama-sightseeing.com/about/

Review from Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix 2015
http://kosublog.com/en/yuruchara-grand-prix-1511/



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