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From prison to condoms: Japan has a mascot for that

From prison to condoms: Japan has a mascot for that

Representing everything from prisons to safe sex, Japan has literally thousands of mascots, ranging from the uber-cute to the frankly disturbing. As Tokyo 2020 organisers unveil the mascot for the games on Wednesday, here are five of the most weird and wonderful mascots from the country that brought you Hello Kitty and Pokemon. - Funassyi: the 'pear fairy' - Funassyi is a bright-yellow hyperactive lifesize mascot in the shape of a pear, who has a love of heavy metal and is renowned throughout Japan for death-defying TV stunts and good-natured bad behaviour. The self-appointed representative for Funabashi City, 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Tokyo, Funassyi shot to fame after coming to blows with arch-rival mascot Kumamon on live TV. The Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne-worshipping mascot has delighted fans with stunts: once risking life and limb running shrieking through a fi...

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