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Mascot school in Japan helps build character

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 01:16

Nov. 21 - Wannabe mascot wearers head to Japan's only mascot school to learn the tricks of the trade. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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When a degree in biology, math or economics seems too boring to bear, young professionals are turning to a more creative alternative in Japan. Students at this school in Tokyo are studying to be mascots. Yes, it's a real institution that help builds character, but the school's founder Choko Oohira says it isn't child's play. SOUNDBITE: Choko Oohira, founder of Choko Group mascot school, saying (Japanese): "When I see places where someone's hand is coming out between the costume's hands, or they take off their mask in front of people, or show their skin under the mask, it's very disappointing. I just want to tell them that it's not how you do it. I want to show the world how to fully become the character and explain that's how to make children happy." Whether you're looking to book a gig for a promotional event or land a job at a theme park, students attending the Choko Group will learn different dances, walking styles and how to play to their audience. And since mascot jobs are booming in Tokyo, 2,200 yen or 26 U.S. dollars for a two-hour class might not seem like a bad investment.

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Mascot school in Japan helps build character

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 01:16