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ISBN13: 9780984190614
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The Japanese have long been infatuated with the three-dimensional characters used to represent products, companies, civic organizations, towns and just about anything else you can imagine. Idle Idol: The Japanese Mascot examines this fascinating cultural history, documenting the evolution of the character statues that are ubiquitous throughout the country today. 

The mascot trend began during the Edo period with the pot-bellied raccoon-dog Tanuki. These ceramic statues were first used as good luck charms (and they are still used as such today) but starting in the 19th century a noodle shop appropriated the character in an effort to create a link between Tanuki's fortuitous status and bowls of soup. It worked, and since then confectioners, pharmaceutical companies, television networks, food companies, police forces and fire departments have all created mascots. 

The mascots represent a brand or a certain shop but they also exist as stand-alone characters that people adore. Idle Idol's photographs and written explanations vivify these unique mascots that are artful, audacious and wholly Japanese!

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Grady Harp, June 22, 2010 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
An Entertaining and Richly Observed Japanese Tradition

IDLE IDOL: The Japanese Mascot on the surface looks like a three dimensional comic book. Every page is filled with comical characters that on closer examination are doll-like images - shiny, simple, striking. This little book is the work of Edward and John Harrison who became obsessed with the imagery of storefront images in England, only to travel to Japan and fine a plethora of such images and discover the origins of these characters. Perhaps people on the West Coast of the USA can most closely identify with the Bob's Big Boy figure that still pops up in the most unexpected places advertising hamburgers.

But the history of these creatures goes further back than the ubiquitous drugstore Indians of the Old West. In Japan these 'dolls' (sometimes quite large in size) have been in use for the better part of the last century. The Harrisons separate the figures into categories - Hero, Legend, Spokesperson, TV Star, Entertainer, Chef, Doctor, and Meeter/Greeter. They all have names and meanings and are a highly visual means of attracting the public eye. The book is filled with hundreds of these characters. An interesting finding is the inclusion of the American figures of Bob's Big Boy, Ronald McDonald, and Colonel Sanders in the 'Chefs' section!

Each of the Idols pictured is accompanied by a short history and explanation of the meaning and the use in Japan. Even the method of naming them is discussed. The photography is excellent -all in full color - and the design by Mark Batty Publisher is, of course, of the expected high standard of all their books.

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ISBN:
9780984190614
Subtitle:
The Japanese Mascot
Author:
Harrison, Edward
Author:
Harrison, John
Publisher:
Mark Batty Publisher
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Photojournalism
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Publication Date:
20100622
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.10x5.70x.80 in. .85 lbs.

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