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Contest is over – #2 won on April 17

inally! The time has come to vote on Nara’s New New Mascot. I got a lot of submissions for this contest, so unfortunately I had to narrow it down to my favorite top ten to make voting easier on everyone. Also, I haven’t read any of the submissions for the “continue this story” contest, but I’ll be getting to that within the week. I hope the City of Nara sees this article and realizes the error of their ways.

The mascots will be listed after the break. Afterwards, there will be a poll that will allow you to vote on your favorite! Please vote for your favorite New New Nara Mascot by using the number/name I gave each mascot (which can be seen on each image). The winner of this contest gets a brand spanking new Japanese textbook of my choosing, so make sure you vote now! Somebody’s education is on the line!

Voting will end in one week! (That’s April 17 at Midnight my time)

Vote For Your Favorite!


***(click here to see it move)***

Vote Now!

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Mascot Submissions that didn’t make it:

We love you, but we could only pick ten :(


  • http://www.tofugu.com Viet

    Wow.. Some of these submissions are really good.

  • http://jinxmetillidie13.deviantart.com JinxME13

    yeah
    and creative too!

  • WOTDsctoo

    Awww, didn’t make it. >.<

    The top ten are pretty good though. Lol@carmeldansen Koichi XD.

  • kevinwhat

    lmao, number 10 all the way!!

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    ハハハ〜 Wow those are some really great mascots! I really like #1, #9, and especially #10, that one just literally made me laugh out loud. #10’s sad face with the “Nara です” is priceless.

    Someone actually just submitted a picture of a deer? lol? If the drawings were this good, I’m tempted to read the stories that were submitted.

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    #10 is funny, I couldn’t help but laugh when I scrolled down.

  • CareBear

    go buddha deer!!

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    Wooh, thanks CareBear!

  • WingViool

    Yes I’m in! I like number #9 I vote for that.

  • http://manchesteroolic.skyrock.com/ Tamelina

    Thank you WingViool! ^ ^

    Some mascots are really funny, I love the idea of the one smashed on the torii! XD

  • Kei

    LOL at the deer infront of the shop XD

  • Jesse

    I liked number 8 the best.

  • sam

    lololo I love the pic of the deer in the supermarket. Why can’t random market goat be your mascot?

  • buttbeam

    #2 surely is the best option for the site. Besides being very well done, it captures the spirit of what you’re asking for. The artist should feel very honored and proud to be chosen! Yay for artist #2!

  • FFCloud

    riturai kun FTW!

  • mmnessa

    thanks :P

  • mmnessa

    omg these are so good! I liked #2 soo much! he’s so gonna win >_<
    Never thought mine would make it :P GO NUMBER 8! lol

  • SimonVaillancourt

    I am still working on mine ! A 3d model is long to do :(

  • mmnessa

    I thought this was– nevermind

  • SimonVaillancourt

    LOL I am working on it part time. I have 10hrs so far on it :( (out of 40)

  • kevinnwhat

    80 for number 2?! what the heck

  • Whistler B.C

    GO BUDDHA!!!!!! EVERY1 VOTE NUMBER 5!!!!

  • Ground

    dudes~~ i think #2’s like… spamming -_-

    cause it really sucks.. and i don’t konw how it’s getting all it’s votes..

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    I don’t think it ‘sucks’. It did make Top 10.

  • http://www.michaelburnner.com oo0speed0oo

    Whats the red thing in the background of number 7?!

  • mmnessa

    I think it’s because of the sanshiro-sama reference

  • mmnessa

    I thought it was a deer but after you pointed it out I think it’s something else…

  • mmnessa

    wow….that sounds like a lot of work, mine took at least two hours :P

  • SimonVaillancourt

    I’m using Z brush only so I’m sculpting it on my screen :)

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    Well Segata Sanshiro is pretty cool, hehe.

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    Maybe a Tree Troll?

  • kevinnwhat

    lol yeah same i think it sucks as well, though alot of ppl like it

  • kevinnwhat

    i know rightt, i think thats the second beast one next to nara desu haha

  • Sougen02

    I like the computer work for 5 and 6. 8-)

  • Sougen02

    haha yea it was xD

  • Sougen02

    number 1 is creative too, you must admit =P

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    The Poll software is logging IP’s…although there are ways around it, I can’t do much more than that to keep it secure, unfortunately :(

    I can’t imagine someone is cheating though (I hope!)

  • http://aruri.deviantart.com 8Dhi

    ah, thanks 8D

  • WOTDsctoo

    I think it is a deer. A nekked deer…isn’t it? XD

    The Buddha/monk thing skinned it. I don’t know much about buddhism, but I believe the picture is being comedic through irony, because you wouldn’t expect the Buddha to go and self indulge by taking from others.
    …At least, that’s what I think.

    Artist – want to clarify? :D

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    I didn’t even think of that, haha. I just saw a red thing shivering. If you said you were the artist, I’d believe you.

  • WOTDsctoo

    Naaah, I hecka don’t have those skills.

    Mine didn’t make top ten. >.<

  • SimonVaillancourt

    hey #5 is awesome don’t get beaten by Segata Sanshiro !

  • mmnessa

    One word: SYMPATICO

  • mmnessa

    LMAO, actually I would have never spotted that

  • mmnessa

    omg I just noticed it! I’ve heard that song so many times already but that dance was hilarious…!!

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    Unfortunately, #2’s votes have doubled over mine. Looks like a land slide win. It was fun while it lasted ^_^Y

  • SimonVaillancourt

    I am doing a 3d design looking alot like #5.

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    Is it safe to say it was done in illustrator? Pen Tool FTW!

  • TehKoolGeek

    I vote #10

  • fredydb327

    Sympathetic??? ¿Por que español?

  • musiclink

    7 seven!

  • Liban

    Trio of Destruction i dont know what are you doing but (i hope i can find it out and do the same thing)

  • http://www.michaelburnner.com oo0speed0oo

    Number 10 is “bada$$” it moves and has music. Just throw some antlers on him and he’s good to go!!!

  • puppysare<3able

    Yes whister you noob! lol vote for number 5!

  • http://furyclan.com puppysare<3able

    Yes whister you noob! lol vote for number 5!

  • http://furyclan.com puppysare<3able

    Yes whister you noob! lol vote for number 5!

  • http://www.furyclan.com puppysare<3able

    Yes whister you noob! lol vote for number 5!

  • http://www.gaiaonline.com/profiles/2668786/ Pachi_PMT

    Hey, #2 here! Finally posting a comment!

    Actually, I had asked a group of online friends if they could vote for me, and they all pitched in. Now they are telling everyone else they know about it and it seems to be spreading like wildfire! I didn’t think that I would get as much votes and support as I did. Thanks again, you guys! :)

    And I’m sorry if people got freaked out about the number of votes. I know, that’s a LOT of people! (My mom asked her friends to vote as well)

  • SimonVaillancourt

    LOL spreading like a virus !

  • mmnessa

    hahaha lool. ‘Sympatico total internet’?? Am I the only one who knows what that means? with sympatico, your IP address changes all the time so if anyone has it, they can vote as many times as they want!!.
    Pero tambien hablo español :P

  • http://dailyinthelife.blogspot.com/ Monzika

    aww I really liked warm buddah/nekkid deer #7…. =(

  • http://manchesteroolic.skyrock.com/ Tamelina

    おめでとうございます n°2!!! ^ ^
    Nara has its new mascot..!

  • diojenisu

    Okay, Tofugu minna-sama, another great net place. And this one is actually on Youtube;
    http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?search_qu

    This is actually the section of journeymanpictures’ s videos where Japan is mentioned. Most of the videos are solely about Japan. No copyright infringement, Viet-kun. So, we’re all happy :)

  • mmnessa

    I had a feeling number two would win.!! ^_^

  • mmnessa

    aww man, my reply got deleted…!!wtf

  • Popkornage

    Bell sympatico internet maybe (canada)? I don’t know…

  • diojenisu

    I MEAN, COME ON! YOU DON’T ENJOY WATCHING THIS?!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA5C-dvCe_4

    Erin?

    (in serious context this IS interesting).

  • diojenisu
  • mmnessa

    yeah, 20 years ago when the video was made- maybe.

  • http://youtube.com/profile?user=chokudori クリス

    おめでとう。

  • diojenisu

    They were made in the 90’s. But, yeah, i agree they are not that recent. But videos like Demon Drummers and a lot more are worth watching anyways.

  • lalala

    10’s the best one, definitely. :-}

  • slimjim

    haha, the number 8 is hilarious!!! it’s like the asian version of reindeer during christmas!

  • G

    I thought number 3 was classic! Can’t believe it only got 3 votes :(

  • japanesethan

    i know im just another comment here at the bottom of the list =( but i thought trio of distruction was so kick butt. and on another side note i just started watching your blog and i though it was great and so cool how your help people out with there japanese. i am going to japan next year for my birthday so i need to learn an exeptable amount of japanese to go with what i know I would love if you or anyone could email me tips about going to japan and japanese need to know ethansjame12@yahoo.com

  • japanesethan

    i know im just another comment here at the bottom of the list =( but i thought trio of distruction was so kick butt. and on another side note i just started watching your blog and i though it was great and so cool how your help people out with there japanese. i am going to japan next year for my birthday so i need to learn an exeptable amount of japanese to go with what i know I would love if you or anyone could email me tips about going to japan and japanese need to know ethansjame12@yahoo.com