Japan loves all things cute and furry and now it is home to a college teaching students how to be a real life mascot.
The Choko Group is offering course in walking and dancing while dressed up in a mascot costume. How to deal with over-excited and hyperactive children is also part of the course.
Choko Oohira has been doing it for 27 years in Tokyo, since founding the school in 1985.
Twenty five students are currently enrolled, one of whom travelled more than 500 miles to take the classes.
"I want to show the world how to fully become the character and explain that's how to make children happy," said Oohira