Hiraku’s Adventures

Nice to meet you, everyone!

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 just started writing my own blogs, too! You can check them out below. From my adventures in Japan to just more about myself, I hope you enjoy what this borb has to say.


Hiraku’s Flight School

I finally want to learn how to actually fly this year. I’ll post all of my attempts and flying adventures below – check back every week to see when I’m able to fly majestically through the skies!


New Year’s Resolutions 

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?


Bird Bonanza

It’s winter, and my family has started migrating back to Japan. Since most of my swan buddies are out of town (not that I’m lonely, why would I be lonely??), I thought I’d talk about other bird traditions in Japan.


Youmacon 2018

In early November, I went to the Youmacon Japanese pop culture convention with a few members of the JCMU community. It was exciting to travel around Michigan, and especially to such an amazing event! I might spend my time going between Michigan and Japan, but it’s not everyday I get to leave the home base.


Swan Tales

Folktales are a great way to learn about culture! One Japanese folktale is about a swan who can dance, sing, and turn into a human. I’m not sure if I would count those among my talents… But I’m pretty good at telling stories!

So in this blog post, I’m going to tell you about a folk tale called The Feathery Robe!


Hiraku at Work

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!

For this post, I will walk you through this borb’s Michigan routine~


Hajimemashite, Hiraku desu!

Hey there! My name’s Hiraku. I’m JCMU’s mascot, and I’m here to introduce myself.

Ever wondered what’s with my hat? How my shoes stay on? Why I only have one eyebrow?? Okay, you busybodies, I’ll tell all!


About Hiraku’s artist: Pupppet is a self-taught freelancer who enjoys making artistic doodles in their spare time. They love strange and cute things, and prefer ancient/old-fashion/fantasy styles. Check out more of their extraordinary work on Pupppet’s main art gallery site.