Here is Sato-chan and some friends at the chemist shop in Narita Airport, Tokyo.
Chemists in Japan are a lot more fun than the ones in Australia. Sato-chan, the little elephant guy, is the mascot for the Sato Pharmaceuticals company in Japan.
We saw some great Sato figures at a pharmacy in Kyoto one night. Wayne went in to ask if we could buy them but the pharmacist said they were only for “propaganda” – I think she meant advertising, but who knows.
You’ll see Sato-chan and his little sister Satoko-chan outside chemist shops all over Japan, but we might need to make a special visit to the Shimizu Pharmacy in Ginza, Tokyo on our next trip. It has a Sato museum!
I wanted to get a Sato figurine at the flea market in Kyoto but they were a bit pricey. I was regretting not getting one, but Wayne secretly managed to find me a vintage Sato finger puppet at Nakano Broadway in Tokyo for my Christmas stocking.