Hiraku at Work

My name’s Hiraku, and I’m the mascot for the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, or JCMU for short. You can learn more about me on my bio page here.

I know I’ve told you all before that I am a busy borb, and I’m sure some of you are wondering “what exactly makes you so busy?” So I figured: what better way to explain that than to just share my day with you!


If something is worth doing, it is worth doing twice, in two different places. As you might know, I make my home in both Michigan and Japan, and I have different routines for each place.

Today I will walk you through my Michigan routine!

The first thing I do every morning is fall out of my nest into a nice bath to warm me up and keep my feathers nice and glossy. Then, before I’m late for work, I make myself a nice cup of tea to help me get through the day.

Properly hydrated, I get on the bus and head to work.

The most important thing I do each day is answer student questions. I check the Twitter and the Facebook pages to see if there are any new questions, and then I post the answer on my favorite platform: Snapchat (@japancenterjcmu)! You can check it out every Tuesday. After I finish questions, I make a new “Word of the Day” Snapchat post. That’s all of my work with social media for the day… unless inspiration strikes me!

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Once that is done, I try to express my creative side by writing these blog posts. Let me tell you, it is really hard to type when you don’t have thumbs… but I am nothing if not determined.

I also try and be a helpful borb around the office. I go buy the members of the office coffee, I sort files, and I make buttons. I make a lot of buttons. They’re pretty cute, if I do say so myself, I’m on them after all. But I make a LOT of buttons. Seriously, so many buttons.

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Why do we need so many buttons? I’m glad you asked.

You see, I am not an office bird. I love to travel. Whenever the office goes to a convention or study abroad fair, I will be there front and center. I’m the star of the show after all! While there, I hand out the buttons and pass out more information about our programs. It’s a whole lot of fun talking with people about all the things I love about my two homes.

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At the end of the day, I say goodbye to everyone at the office. I take the bus back home, decompress, and get ready for the next day.

That’s only half the story though! I have a totally different schedule in my Japan home. Maybe I’ll tell you later.

Until then!

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