In times of trouble, make a mascot!


At least that's what the Japanese do. Make mascots, that is. For every time, for every situation, but especially in times of crisis and the tsunami is no exception. While Westerners may find this a strange way to cope--disrespectful even--it is how the Japanese see fit to make a terrible situation more bearable. 

We're already seen examples like Nuclear Boy pop up, but the tradition of using mascots goes back far longer. Some of these examples are available in the gallery which include a 2007 poster for tsunami evacuation drills, or a poster that warns hikers about possible tsunamis when water is near a trail.

I think it's a really interesting way to deal with natural disasters, perhaps far healthier than the doom and sensationalism we Americans often assign to various crises. Hit the gallery to see some of these examples!

[Gallery photos via Matt Alt: altjapan.typepad.com]

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