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I really dont understand.

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gogoToday  07:42 am JST

“I really dont understand”

Hanyu likes Winnie the Pooh. His fans shower the rinks with them. They are collected and Hanyu donates them to an orphanage or such in whatever city the rink is in.

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Volunteers remove Winnie the Pooh bears

What a waste.

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FizzBit, “What a waste.”

How is it a waste if the donated bears are bringing joy to children in difficult circumstances?

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They need a street sweeper, not "volunteers".

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Hanyu likes Winnie the Pooh.

Me too. Until I turned 10 and started getting older.

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Educator60 How is it a waste if the donated bears are bringing joy to children in difficult circumstances?

Think about it. If every kid gets a Winnie the Pooh bear, what’s the fun in that? Just how many orphanages are there in Saitama? Then they get flooded with a 1000 Poohsans. Did you ever stop and think it’s just a kind gesture taken over by scummy marketers? Ideally, they should have a giant Pooh and people just drop their money in instead of buying these probably made in China bears furthering environmental pollution and waste for feel good reasons.

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I don't want a bear so much as I want one of the bear collectors.

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I think what Hanyu does with the bears is cool. I only take issue with the fact they only show that kind of enthusiasm for Hanyu. It would have been great if fans through more flowers and gifts for all the athletes. Figure skating is such a difficult enterprise. They all deserve respect and a certain amount of tribute for their efforts. Then they could have all had the chance to donate their gifts to orphans and the like, it would be so nice.

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FizzBit,

“Just how many orphanages are there in Saitama”

I don’t know, but notice he does this in every city where he competes, including overseas. Also notice I wrote “to an orphanage or such”? There are also facilities for abused kids, disabled kids, hospitals, etc. I imagine there are a fair number of kids who might be happy to get their own bear, even if it looks like all the others (they could also personalize their own which could be a fun project and maybe therapeutic).

“it’s just a kind gesture taken over by scummy marketers”

Nobody is being forced to buy a bear, it’s not a requirement of attending the event.

“Ideally, they should have a giant Pooh and people just drop their money in instead of buying these probably made in China bears furthering environmental pollution and waste for feel good reasons.”

And what do you suggest should be done with that money? Anyway, nothing is stopping people from not buying a bear and donating money instead, or buying some made in Japan toy, or doing nothing whatsoever. I think the solution Hanyu came up with after being inundated with all the bears being gifted to him everywhere he went is probably the best for the situation. Eventually maybe he’ll ask people to stop with the bears or maybe it will just stop when he eventually retires.

Anyway, even if I were to go to a competition (which I won’t) I won’t be buying a Pooh just like all the others because I like the classic Pooh ;-)

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I,ve just had a quick count up and I can see about 50 toys, well if it bring lots of smiles and joy to children that have not got a great deal, good luck to him for donating them. I am going to star skating, PS I am a big beer fan, ( no bottles please )

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From what I see from this, the fans toss the bears as a tribute to Hanyu. Then they get collected to provide joy to kids who are down on their luck.

Looks like a win-win to me. Ain't nothing with that.

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