Went to Hiroshima yesterday. Their baseball mascot is the Carp, which sounds odd to an American. I think one of the Tokyo teams is called the Swallows.
I went to a performance by a maiko, or apprentice geiko (as geishas are known in Kyoto). It was a lot of fun and the maiko was very sweet (but I guess that’s the point). Here’s my attempt at immortalizing her in art. It’s not quite Kitagawa Utamaro – or Kikugawa Eizan, or Keisei Eizen, but oh well…
Here’s what she really looks like. Elle est une jolie petite femme japonaise, no?
My friend’s wife was talking about all the mascots for the various companies, cities, prefectures, buildings and other entities in Japan and how they needed to be “cute and nonthreatening.” The maiko was also “cute and nonthreatening.”