I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I received Fuzz & Fur to review for the site. The cover alone made me question my boss’s sanity. But the book is actually a very interesting cultural artifact in many ways. Fuzz & Fur is a series of profiles about the myriad costumed characters and mascots that populate Japan.
It’s a part of Japanese culture that I never knew about and probably many others have never heard of either. These costumed characters are part of the societal norm in many areas of Japan. They represent a wide variety of topics, products, services, and foods, and are widely known for their unique characteristics and personalities.
Different areas of Japan have different mascots, and each one has its own story. Those stories are chronicled within the book, which is easy to read, full of pictures, and very colorful. Each character page includes a drawing of the character and a photo of the mascot in all its glory. It’s quite a sight to see!
If you are interested in Japanese culture, anime, Manga, and especially Pokemon (due to the wide variety of colorful characters), this book is definitely for you. And even if you’re not a fan of any of these the book still delivers a fresh and fun perspective on Japanese culture.
Check out Fuzz & Fur by Edward and John Harrison, on sale February 8, 2011!