From the page: "While people in fur suits are rarely seen outside of Disneyland or college stadiums in the US, mascots in Japan are pretty much everywhere. They窶re instrumental in promoting tourism or giving a cute face to an organization.
Virtually every town, city, municipal service, company, sports team, and rail line in Japan has its own mascot. There窶s even a mascot school in Tokyo to teach aspiring mascots the skills of the trade.
With so many mascots, you might think that they all become indistinguishable from each other. But in recent years, one mascot has towered over all the rest: Kumamon."