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Published on Nov 21, 2012
Wannabe mascots don costumes and learn how to walk, dance and play in true fairground style in Tokyo, Japan.
For the students at the Choko Group mascot school in Japan, while the goal may be to entertain children through their performance, mastering the art isn't child's play. The school was founded by by Choko Oohira, herself a 20 year veteran of wearing mascot costumes, as a way to perfect the art of the costume and movement. "When I see a real hand poking out of the costume's hand, or their mask slips, it's very disappointing. I just have to correct them. I want to show the world how to fully become the character and explain that's how to make children happy," said Ms Oohira. While mascot wearers in places such as Disneyland or theme parks get on-the-job training, the school which was founded in 1985 is the only one of its kind in Japan and possibly beyond.
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