Peko-chan chained to the doorway (there are numerous reports of thefts as the figure is a collector's item)
Hehehe. just a short break from the Kyoto posts (day 1 isn't over yet!) to feature one of the most popular japanese icons: Peko-chan, the mascot of one of Japan's oldest and most famous confectioners, Fujiya. Juls and I dropped by Fujiya yesterday to get a birthday cake for Rex, AJ and Kat. Sure enough, at the entrance of the store stood Peko-chan, almost as tall as a middle-schooler, with her face frozen in the act of licking her lips and grinning. Who can blame her for grinning? I'd love to work for a cake shop too! ;-)
the communal cake of the night ;-) The figures on the cake are: (L-R) Poko-chan, dog (he's really called "dog"!) and Peko-chan in yummy gummy and icing
many japanese children give Peko's head a friendly pat whenever they pass by Fujiya. the slightest movement sets Peko's head wobbling (think: those wobbly-headed tiger-figure fad of taxis in Manila a few years back). Peko-chan is very fashion conscious and can be seen wearing many different outfits throughout the year; such as a schoolgirl's uniform at the start of each school year, kimono at festival time and even a Santa Claus suit at Christmas.