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Nara Promotion

Sento-kun. Well known all over Japan, promoting Nara and its time as the Nations Capital
Sento-kun. Well known all over Japan, promoting Nara and its time as the Nations Capital

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.

Plenty to be seen and do in Nara and its surrounding areas
Plenty to be seen and do in Nara and its surrounding areas

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.

Sento-kun playing with the crowd
Sento-kun playing with the crowd
Presentation time to one of the lucky fans
Presentation time to one of the lucky fans

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.

So many people trying to snap some pictures of Sento-kun
So many people trying to snap some pictures of Sento-kun

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.

Lining up to win a Sento-kun strap
Lining up to win a Sento-kun strap

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.

More Information

Heijo-kyo website (English)
Heijo-kyo website (English)

Are you planning a trip to Japan in 2010? Did you know about the Nara Festival for 1300 Heijo-kyo?

3 Comments on this Post

  1. NekoLover

    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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  2. whipcracker

    RT @Shibuya246: Nara Promotion, Japan Travel | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/SAe
    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.

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  3. Renechong

    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

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