The trio of mascot characters of Tazawako Plateau Hot Spring Area made its debut appearance at JR Tazawako Station on November 23rd. They welcomed arriving passengers at the platform at the station.
|Characters greeting the guests at JR Tazawako Station|
The characters are three brothers -- Fukainda, Nukuinda, and Iyasunda – each name indicating what it represents of a tourist attraction in the region.
Tazawako Plateau Hotel Union, whose members are of 5 hotels in the region, launched a character design contest in August in an effort to seize the decreasing tourists after the East Japan Great Earthquake. The characters were chosen out of 130 submitted. The life-size characters suit made of inflatable plastic material have been just custom-made earlier this month.
After the debut appearance where they entertained the guests for two hours, they dropped by at our office for a surprising visit!
|Buttons of Characters!|
|Even on staff's jackets as well!|
The real-life characters will be promoting the tourist attractions of Tazawako Kogen Hot Spring Area at local events in the near future.