Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 PR event 1 (Okaido and Gintengai)

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[Introduction]

I traveled to Matsuyama, the capital of Ehime Prefecture, for 4 days and 3 nights. The main purpose of this trip was to watch Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 on the last 2 days. My favorite Milan, which is the mascot character of Ehime Prefecture, did not participate in the contest, but entertained other local mascot characters and the audience as a host of the event with Barysan, Imabari city’s mascot character. I also participated in a PR event for the Grand Prix and did some sightseeing. In this article, I will write about Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 PR event (Okaido and Gintengai) as part of Day 1.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1 (1) Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event 1 (Okaido and Gintengai) [This article]
* Day 1 (2) Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event 2 (Ropeway street and Dogo Onsen)
* Day 1 (3) Dogo Onsen (Light up)
* Day 2 (1) Mican Center at Ehime prefectural government office
* Day 2 (2) Ninomaru Historical Garden and Matsuyama Castle
* Day 2 (3) Matsuyama Castle (Light up)
* Day 3 (1) Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 1st day part 1
* Day 3 (2) Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 1st day part 2
* Day 3 (3) Okaido (Bansuiso Villa and Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum etc.)
* Day 4 (1) Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 2nd day part 1
* Day 4 (2) Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 2nd day part 2
* Day 4 (3) Matsuyama City Station (Tram, Matsuchika Town etc.)

[Travel Date]
2016.11.03-06

[Main Part]

A new series has begun! As I mentioned in the previous article, I traveled to Matsuyama, the capital of Ehime Prefecture. It was December 2013 when I visited it for the first time. I got to know Mican, a local mascot character (“Yuru-chara”) of Ehime Prefecture, at that time and this is my fifth visit to Ehime, so you know how I like Ehime and Mican 🙂

Going to Ehime Matsuyama

Now I was at Haneda Airport. When I visit Matsuyama, Ehime, I usually use ANA flight 583, the first flight to Matsuyama.""

Around departutre gate.""

On board.""

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Now I arrived at Matsuyama airport.Matsuyama airport Mican

Then, I moved to Matsuyama city station.Matsuyama city station

Matsuyama Gintengai

I will start to walk around Matsuyama city from Gintengai.Matsuyama Gintengai1

Gintengai is one of the major shopping arcade in Matsuyama.Matsuyama Gintengai2

Matsuyama Gintengai3

There are two famous Nabeyaki udon’s restaurants in this area and I will visit both of them (FYI:Nabeyaki udon is a local favorite cuisine in Matsuyama).

Nabeyaki Udon at Kotori

First, I visited “Kotori”, which has been operating since 1949.Matsuyama Kotori1

In the restaurant.Matsuyama Kotori2

Here is Nabeyaki Udon.Matsuyama Kotori Nabeyaki udon

As I had not eaten anything in the morning, I had it as breakfast.

Okaido

I left Kotori and moved to Okaido.Matsuyama Okaido1

Okaido is another major shopping arcade in Matsuyama, along with Gintengai.Matsuyama Okaido2

Matsuyama Okaido3

This is Matsuyama Mitsukoshi, one of the largest department store in Matsuyama.Matsuyama Mitsukoshi

I just got to know that there is a PR event for Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016. Several local mascot characters in Ehime gathered for the PR event and they stopped by four spots. The first spots was Matsuyama Mitsukoshi.

Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event at Okaido (Matsuyama Mitsukoshi)

Barysan and Mican showed up.Matsuyama Mitsukoshi Mican Barysan1

Matsuyama Mitsukoshi Mican1

While Barysan came to the stage,Matsuyama Mitsukoshi Barysan

Mican sitted on a chair for rest 🙂Matsuyama Mitsukoshi Mican2

Mican was encouraged to stand up by a host of the event.Matsuyama Mitsukoshi Mican3

Now the PR event has started.""

In addition to Mican and Barysan, four local mascot characters in Ehime gathered for the event.Matsuyama Mitsukoshi Yuru-chara1

Since Mican and Barysan did not participate in the grand prix to serve as a host, other four mascot characters who enrolled in the contest were introduced first.

“Happy Kaba-kun”, the mascot character of fire department of Matsuyama city.はっぴーカバー君

“Chappun-Jiyan”, the mascot character of Saijo city.チャップン爺やん

“Mican-maru”, the mascot character of Iyo city.ミカンまる

“Date Nannyo”, the mascot charcter of Uwajima city.伊達にゃんよ

Then, Mican and Barysand were introduced.Mican Barysan1

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Mican Barysan2

Photo, including all of the mascot characters.Matsuyama Mitsukoshi Yuru-chara2

Nabeyaki Udon at Asahi

After the PR event, I went back to Gintengai.""

I visited “Asahi”, another famous Nabeyaki Udon’s restaurant along with “Kotori”.Matsuyama Asahi1

Asahi was opened in 1947 and has a traditional feel.Matsuyama Asahi2

This is Nabeyaki Udon.Matsuyama Asahi Nabeyaki udon

Compared with Nabeyaki Udon at Kotori, Nabeyaki Udon at Asahi was sweeter. Kotori and Asahi are popular for its Nabeyaki Udon, I would recomment both of them.

Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event at Gintengai

The second PR event for Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 was held at Gintengai.

About 10 mintes before the event, local mascot characters in Ehime showed up.Gintengai Mican

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Barysan and Happy Kaba-kun.""

Happy Kaba-kun and Mican-maru.""

Mican, Happy Kaba-kun and Chappun-Jiyan were waiting for the event.""

Here were Mican-maru, Date Nannyo and Barysan.""

In the same way with the first event, the four local mascot characters who enrolled in the contest were introduced first, and then Mican and Barysan were introduced. I will skip this part.

In the last minute, all of the local mascot characters asked the audience to come to Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016.Gintengai Yuru-chara1

Photo session time.Gintengai Yuru-chara2

[Closing]

That’s it for the article about Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 PR event (Okaido and Gintengai) as part of Day 1. As far as Mican is concerned, I took a day trip to Matsuyama last November to watch Mican’s parade and the root of the parade was from Matsuyama Mitsukoshi, Okaido to Gintengai, just like this year’s PR event. If you are interested in it, please check the following articles:

Going to Mican’s parade: part 1
Going to Mican’s parade: part 2

In the next article, I will write about Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 PR event (Ropeway street and Dogo Onsen).

[Map]

[Related Link]
The official Website of Tourism Matsuyama


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