Yuruchara (Yurukyara) Mascot Summit – Kanto’s largest character and mascot summit with a Guinness World Record certificate to prove it! Information for the 2021 yuru-chara summit. This year, like 2020, the event will be held online. The last time it was held in real life, in 2019, 311 mascots participated and 115,000 people came to celebrate with them despite the most atrocious weather that weekend! Obviously way too many people to get together when there is a pandemic on, so the event has been held online since the Coronavirus began.
Yuruchara (Yurukyara) 2021
Yuru-chara is a a portmanteau of yurui, for gentle in this case, and chara, for the English spelling of character. Yuruchara seems to be the most common, but many people use the contraction of the words with the Japanese katakana of character, hence you see Yurukyara too. To be honest I use the latter as it is pronounced Yurukyara even when its spelt Yuruchara. But the official English information for this event uses Yuruchara hence I use that most frequently!
When and where is the big annual mascot event near Tokyo?
An ONLY IN JAPAN event! In a usual year up to 400 Mascots from cities and towns and even products parade down the runway at this popular annual event in Hanyu. The beloved annual Yuruchara, or mascot summit, event is held annually in Hanyu’s riverside park where the Saitama Aquarium is.
However, in 2021, as was the case in 2020, on account of the coronavirus, it is being held online on November 20th and 21st. The 2021 site is not yet released, but you will find it on this Youtube channel here when it goes live. You can also see snippets from previous years on the channel.
The mascots that will participate this year have not yet been announced (October 10th 2021). Over the years they have even had mascots participating from different countries around the world including Germany, Taiwan and America. In 2017 over 40 mascots from overseas attended this Guinness World Record Holding event. The biggest number of mascots from overseas they had to date. Will there be even more this year!?
In a normal non-corona year there are lots of events during the festival including attractions for children such as bouncy castles. The festival attracted around 270,000 visitors until 2018. In 2019, when it was last held in real life, the weather was horrendous on the two days and I remember thinking they would cancel it. But they didn’t and 115,000 people turned up despite the inclement conditions! They come for the mascots and also the food or ‘gourmet’ as they call it. In conjunction with the event Chichibu Railway often have a related event, but probably not in 2021. In 2019 the railway’s headmark was this Yuruchara Mascot Summit logo:
The participating mascots are normally announced a couple of weeks before the festival. So around early November in 2021.
Featured image from the official Facebook group:
|Date:||Saturday November 20th and Sunday November 21st|
First published on insaitama.com in 2015, updated annually. Last republish October 10th 2021.