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.
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!