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Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions

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By Katie Pask, SoraNews24

The organizers of the 2025 Osaka World Expo have decided to once more enlist the help of the public, this time to help them come up with a new name for their mascot.

You may remember the mascot was making waves online when it was first announced, as unlike normal character mascots, it looked like something straight out of a horror movie.

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As one of the mottos of the event is designing a future society of shining lives, the monstrosity of a mascot has already been given an unofficial name by netizens —  Inochi no Kagayaki-kun (Shining Life-kun). However, organizers have recently commented: “We aren’t considering that as the official name at this point.”

▼ “Wait, its name isn’t Inochi no Kagayaki-kun?! I hope they can find a great name for it!”

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Instead, the organizers have decided to ask the public for suggestions for a name. Seeing as the mascot will be used for promotional activities and official merchandise, this is a great opportunity to really be a lasting part of the 2025 World Expo.

Before you go rushing to suggest the mascot be named Sleep Paralysis Demon, be aware that the person who suggests the winning name will net themselves a cool 300,000 yen. The entry form also requires you to write your reasons for coming up with your suggested name, so “I’m suggesting ‘AGGGGGH-kun because just look at it,” probably won’t do you any favors.

Although you definitely won’t be alone in suggesting horror-based names, if comments by Japanese netizens are anything to go by. Those who had recovered from the shock of learning it was not in fact called Inochi no Kagayaki-kun were quick to come up with some gruesome suggestions of their own.

“I’m gonna suggest Death Bringer.”

“I think Curse from the Abyss would be a good choice.”

“What about End of the World-kun?”

“I’ve seen a lot of suggestions for Kill Me-kun, haha.”

Anyone can submit a name for consideration, and two suggestions are allowed per person. The name must be written in either hiragana or katakana, and names that are gender based will not be considered, as the mascot is genderless. Unfortunately, only Japanese nationals or people with Japanese residency are eligible to enter, but anyone who meets those requirements can send their suggestions here. Entries will be open until May 16.

Source: Livedoor News via Hachima Kiko

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Mr you’ve got to be **** kidding.

4 ( +13 / -9 )

Ikura-kun

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Lovecraft-kun.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

How about Demented Terrifying My Guts Are My Face Monster From Hades because that's what that mascot is. My gods who approved that monstrosity?!!!

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Teenage-body-dismorphia-kun

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

可愛いですねー  (◎-◎;)

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

Mascot McMascotface.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

The organizers must be completely detached from the social media to be unaware of the negative feedback gained from the mascot design, maybe after getting a huge lot of names making fun of it they will realize people consider this things anything but cute.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Hennakun

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Covid-kun

6 ( +13 / -7 )

Drippy

Both for the mascot and the people involved.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Intestinal-eyes-kun.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

My idea: Omae Nanyanen (おまえ・何やねん) "who the hell are you?" said in Kansai dialect :)

1 ( +5 / -4 )

That is frankly just frightening, might be appropriate for nuclear accident but not a world expo.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

W (double u) or UU-chan (for ‘ultimate ugly’)…lol that’s not only fitting as description for that design, but also on the other hand opens space for describing a positive effect of potentially doubling your knowledge and experience when visiting that wonderful Expo. Very much balanced, isn’t it?

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Queasy” is the feeling most people will get. Need to sit down from a few minutes to clear the head.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

In the event it will not be reconsidered upon further sober reflection . . . how about Abracadabra?

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Call him Eye over Osaka

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

How about

“the someone actually paid money to have that designed and actually green lit it to be official kun?”

too long?

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Fukuppi is already taken, so Kokkei-chan (こっけい: farce, ridiculous) might be in with a chance.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Even organizers admit they are at a loss for words. “Ok, we paid for it. Now, what do we do with it?”:

- “Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions” -

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Disgusting hemorrhoid

1 ( +10 / -9 )

Oozie the doozie

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

Just looking at that thing make my stomach churn so how about name it QUEASY !

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Mohkari-kun.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Nightmare Fuel-kun

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Schizoidi-kun

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

I found the 2 Tokyo Olympics characters looking too much like Pokemon characters, but at least they still looked the part. But this...

I don't know what is the most disturbing:

.the multiple eyes and their, err...alignment(?)

.the melting(?) arms / tendrils(?)

.the happy smile (arguable the most "normal" thing in this character-design, which unfortunately stands out in the overall thing...)

Generally, the characters are going to be sold in so many forms before and during the event (i.e. plush-toys, keyholders, etc, etc), hence this is going to mentally scare a whole generation of kids. What the heck were they thinking?

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Baka-kun.

DPOTI

2 ( +5 / -3 )

The Blob; Reserected

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

The Thing!

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

SakuDesignoHito-kun.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Looks like a new variant of Covid.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Ten thousand limit . . . ? hope they receive a submission for a wonderful character . . . .

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Faily McFailface

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

purple_depressed_baconToday  08:07 am JST

How about Demented Terrifying My Guts Are My Face Monster From Hades because that's what that mascot is. My gods who approved that monstrosity?!!!

How about just calling it 'What the (insert your favorite 4-letter word here)'?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Hideous and sick.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

What is it supposed to be?

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Kaiju-Kun..

Future enemy of ultraman..

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Its LGBTQ art and completely obvious what it represents.

It should be changed to something more appropriate that represents Osaka and less controversial and disgusting.

Is this how you think Osaka should be represented ?

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

Wroom kun

W e

R an

O ut

O f

M oney

S

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Kimo kawai

gross-cute-kun

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

How about the Nagasaki blues?

Only sold as a "45' record..

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Goatsie

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Vomit-chan

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Red eye gooey roid

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Klepto-kun

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

The used condom

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Looks like it evolved after drinking Fukushima water.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

"Korona-kun". Can't wait to see the reaction videos on how people from other countries laugh and ask what was going through the minds of the decision-makers when they chose this.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

How about Mr. "Say no to drugs so you don't end up like me"?

2 ( +8 / -6 )

"Ugly" works for me.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

I say it is a very Brave decision to go with this design. The Atlanta Brave were once named the beaneaters so that the mascot name for is Beaneater kan.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Grotesque drippy nipples & innards ...kun.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Oozie saka kun

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Okanenomuda kun

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

This is what I looked like after hearing 45% of firms will be raising prices for products while me and my wallet melt away!

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Creepy-kun

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Gomoku-kun

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Myutanto-kun

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions

Stupid.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Cancer

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

.

this repulsive 'mascot' ai a reflection of the dissolution of Japanese identity.

.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

This is how Japan wants to represent itself for the world expo ?

Really a bad idea !

Japan is circling the drain.

Get rid of this disgusting mascot and get a mascot that represents a civilized nation that's ready to become a team player with the international community.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Eyesore-kun/ Go-me-nasai kun

1 ( +4 / -3 )

There's nothing Japanese about it .

It doesn't represent or even look human.

Its repulsive !

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Well... it's a grinning, dripping, bowel-headed thing with 5 eyes. Not even Lovecraft imagined anything like this.

I have no idea what to call it but whatever you do, do NOT say its name thrice!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

This is what happens when a design is decided by a committee of out-of-touch autocratic oyaji.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Is there a kawaii way to say "inflamed anus with polyps"?

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Badlydesignedmascot… kun

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Can you imagine a person in that suit bouncing around and an eye falls off! Not a good look.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

TrevorPeaceMay 2  06:16 pm JST

"Ugly" works for me.

Grotesque and Ugly to the Max. Or 'Hideous Maximus'.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Mr. Bleeeccchhh!!!

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

ホルモンちゃん

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

So I wasn't the only one who found this to be lacking in both taste and dignity.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

You know, for a while there was a 'Mr. Yuck' series of stickers on certain household products in the US to keep kids away from there (instead of the skull-and-crossbones). How about naming *this*** **mascot that moniker?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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