Monday, September 15, 2008


How cool is this? Target has adopted Domo-kun as its Halloween seasonal mascot this year, and they even have some little Domo-kun figures that you can buy. I love Domo-kun!!

Who -- or what -- is Domo-kun?

The Wikipedia entry states:
Domo (どーもくん, Dōmo-kun?) is the mascot of Japan's NHK television station, appearing in several 30 second stop-motion sketches shown as station identification during shows.

The name "Domo" was acquired during the second episode of his show in which a TV announcer said, "dōmo, konnichiwa" (どうも、こんにちは, "dōmo, konnichiwa"?), which is a formal greeting meaning something along the lines of, "Well, hello there!", but which can also be interpreted as "Hello, Domo!", and thus is a convenient dajare. The kun suffix on "Domo-kun," the name used to describe the character in the Japanese versions, is a Japanese honorific often used with young males.

Domo, the main character, is described as "a strange creature that hatched from an egg." [5] Domo's favorite food is Japanese-style meat and potato stew, and he has a strong dislike for apples, due to an unexplained mystery in his DNA. Domo-kun is known to pass gas repeatedly when nervous or upset.

I am completely aware of the dubious kitten-related infamy afforded Domo-kun by his exposure on FARK forums, but I choose to ignore that yucky stuff and instead focus on Domo-kun's kawaii-ness. He's just FUN.

And he has a pooting problem, just like me (one of the less-than-pleasant side-effects of a biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch procedure). What's not to like?

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