Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 PR event 2 (Ropeway street and Dogo Onsen)

愛媛 ゆるキャラ アイキャッチ画像


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 (Ropeway street and Dogo Onsen) as part of Day 1.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1 (1) Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event 1 (Okaido and Gintengai) 
* Day 1 (2) Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event 2 (Ropeway street and Dogo Onsen) [This article]
* 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]

[Main Part]

Following the previous post, I will go around the Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event.

Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri festival

I returned to Okaido from Gintengai and moved to Ropeway street.""

Ropeway street is a shopping street between Okaido tram station and a cable car station to Matuyama castle. When I visited Ropeway street, “Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri” festival was held.

Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri brochure

To begin with, I found a booth to sell tickets for Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016, so I bought it.""

There were lots of outdoor stalls on the street.Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri

A “Jakoten” stall – Jakoten is a popular local food in Ehime.Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri Jakoten

A variety kind of shows were performed in “Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri” festival.

For exmaple, “Tsugaru Shamisen”.Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri Tsugaru Shamisen

Street performers.Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri Street performer1

Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri Street performer2

Handbell.Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri Handbell

Brass band.Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri Brass band

Hula dance.Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri Hula dance

Jazz dance.Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri Jazz dance

Costume Play (Cosplay).Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri Costume Play (Cosplay)

Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event at Ropeway street

The third session of Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event was held at Ropeway street as part of “Shiroyama-monzen-matsuri” festival.

About 10 minutes ago of the event, local characters started to show up. While Barysan traied to enttertain audience,Ropeway street Barysan

Mican took a rest.Ropeway street Mican

Then, Mican started to entertain audience with Barysan.Ropeway street Mican Barysan

As the venue was near Matsuyama castle, it’s mascot character “Yoshiaki-kun” also joined the event.Ropeway street Matsuyama castle Yoshiaki-kun

Now the PR event started.""

As I mentioned in the previous article, four local characters in Ehime who enrolled in the contest were introduced first.

“Happy Kaba-kun”, the mascot character of fire department of Matsuyama city.Happy Kaba-kun

“Chappun-Jiyan”, the mascot character of Saijo city.Chappun-Jiyan

“Mican-maru”, the mascot character of Iyo city.Mican-maru

Mican took a rest again at that time.Mican Mican-maru

“Yoshiaki-kun”, the mascot character of Matsuyama castle, though he didn’t enroll in the contest.Mican-maru oshiaki-kun

“Date Nannyo”, the mascot charcter of Uwajima city.Date Nannyo

Mican returned from the rest.Date Nannyo Mican1

Date Nannyo Mican2

Then, Mican and Barysan were introduced as hosts of Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016.Mican Barysan1

Mican Barysan2

Finally, all local characters gathered to take photos.Ehime local characters Mican Barysan1

Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event at Dogo Onsen

The final session of Yuru-chara Grand Prix PR event was held at Dogo Onsen. I just saw local characters stroll around the shopping arcade before the PR event.Dogo Onsen Barysan1

Dogo Onsen Mican-maru

Then, they arrived at the event site.Dogo Onsen Barysan2

Mican Mican-maru

Ehime Yuru-chara1

Now the PR event began.Ehime Yuru-chara2

Mican.みきゃん バリィさん3

みきゃん バリィさん4

Barysan.みきゃん バリィさん5

All characters gathered.愛媛 ゆるキャラ3

愛媛 ゆるキャラ4


That’s it for the article about Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 PR event (Ropeway street and Dogo Onsen) as part of Day 1. While Mican and Barysan were already well known nationwide, I was not familiar with other local characters in Ehime. I hope they will also become famous through Yuru-chara Grand Prix 🙂

In the next article, I will write about light up at Dogo Onsen.


[Related Link]
The official Website of Tourism Matsuyama

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