Next year, 2010, Nara will be celebrating 1300 years since it was the capital of Japan as 平城京 (Heijo-kyo). A number of events are scheduled throughout the year with special events from April.
As part of the Nara tourist promotion for this 1300 year event, I came across an event at the station, where they had せんとくん (Sento-kun) taken part in the festivities.
The Sento-kun character has come under quite a bit of criticism for his design and looks, but that hasn’t stopped him becoming one of the more popular Yuru-kyara in Japan.
For those who had a Suica Card, you could swipe your card and try to win a mobile phone strap. Lots of people lining up to give this a go.
Looks like this year long festival could be quite interesting. There are likely to be quite a few tourists coming in from overseas to check out Nara. You will be able to see the World Heritage listed Temple of Horyuji as well as Japanese gardens, hot springs, arts and crafts and of course the famous Nara Deer.
Are you planning a trip to Japan in 2010? Did you know about the Nara Festival for 1300 Heijo-kyo?
Looks like Sento-kun wants Peace all over Za Warudo .
Nara looks like a great place to explore Japan’s Heritage and History .
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Another mascot to Promote something in Japan. sure is a strange looking deer mascot, but what the heck, if it promotes something great, all the more power to you, Ganbaette!
You always seem to find something different to write about. Keep up the great work my friend. :))
Btw Nara looks like a great place to vist, hope I can some day.
I was expecting Sento kun to be a smaller boy ahah
Nara seems to be a nice place to visit
shall add that to one of my “Must Visit” list