Hiraku’s New Year’s Resolutions

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.


With a New Year happily on its way, I want to share my New Year’s resolutions. I think that if I tell people about them, I might actually succeed in some! Promise to check up on me throughout the year?

Without further ado I present: Hiraku’s 2019 New Year’s Resolutions!

1. Be in a production of Swan Lake

I’ve mentioned it before, but I love Swan Lake. Over the New Year I was listening to the score and I started thinking, who is better to play the White Swan than an actual white swan? The answer is no one. I am clearly meant for this role. So this year I will make my dream a reality. I will show the world my talent and soar to achieve my dreams: the White Swan.

I was meant for this role!

2. Take pictures with other mascots 

As you all know, I am a young mascot (I’m almost 2 years old!) but I have big dreams! I see all those pictures of the famous yuru-chara hanging out with each other, and I decided I want that. So this year, I’m going to try to get some pictures of my home! I hope by the end of the year I get a picture with my idol, Hikonyan.

3. Learn how to fly

I know that most of my less round cousins fly a lot, but I never really managed it. I just think that my adorable (very round) face belongs where people can see it. Also I’m afraid of heights. I am going to conquer that fear this year and finally take to the skies. Think of the adventure!

4. Spend more time with students

You know, being a mascot can be a little lonely. I’m always just watching the students go hang out out with each other but I don’t always get to go places. But then I figured it out; students go everywhere. So, if I spend more time with students, I also get to go on adventures! Really though, I just want to make new friends.

— And there it is! My hopes for the New Year. I’ll keep you updated throughout the year. Let me know what your resolutions are! We will 頑張る together!

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