Went to a nice little event this past Sunday here in Okinawa at Kadena Marina. The Black Onyx Pacesetters (Okinawa Chapter) in conjunction with The Kandi Girls were running a charity bike and car wash, with proceeds going to a local Okinawan orphanage. It was a very well run event, with food and refreshments for [...]
Just what the Japanese Military Needs: a Cute Mascot
Another article plucked from the archives of my old site, but one which raised a smile or two and so is being brought back to life here. So, in Japan you’ll find there are hospitals with cartoons on them, “Keep Out” warning signs on premises with pictures of rabbits holding out their paws, and even the roadwork signs have pictures of flowery meadows on them. But this time the Japanese Ministry of Defence has gone one better. Whoever said war can’t be cute has obviously not met the Japanese Self Defence Force’s (SDF) new mascot, incredibly named Prince Pickles!
If you think this is some bizarre joke then think again. The bigwigs in the armed forces have obviously been on some team-building weekend in which far too much sake was drunk. Then one evening someone came up with the great idea of having a cartoon character to promote the armed forces in Iraq. Everyone knows that what Mohammed needs after his home has just been destroyed and his family murdered by a bombing in Baghdad is for Prince Pickles to come bouncing down the road with his disturbingly big eyes!
That’s all for now, but I just wanted to share that little image with you. And to cop it all off, they still can’t spell defence properly!!! More later as I get ready for some stick coming from any American readers of my site…
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