Meet FC Toyoko’s wacky mas­cot

The rac­coon dog is re­ally big in Ja­pan – and he can do a mean karate chop

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Fto Tokyo Tower’. FFT is scep­ti­cal about whether any of this is ac­tu­ally true, but we’ll let that slide for now. More wor­ry­ingly, the club claim that Dorompa was ‘born on the 1st of Oc­to­ber, 1998’ – now given that rac­coon dogs nor­mally live for six or seven years, he could keel over at any mo­ment. Not that he is tak­ing it easy. In re­cent times he has been seen zoom­ing around on a uni­cy­cle, per­form­ing a dance rou­tine while dressed up as Michael Jack­son and ex­e­cut­ing a karate chop on some pitch­side tiles. Let’s just hope the club have got a nice sur­prise planned for his birth­day coming up soon, or his agent is go­ing to go nuts...

C Tokyo were quite late to the mas­cot game, stead­fastly re­fus­ing to join the bizarre world of men dressed up as an­i­mals for 10 years af­ter they joined the J-league in 1999. To make up for lost time, the club quickly set about cre­at­ing one of the world’s most giddy mas­cots in 2009 – Tokyo Dorompa, a Ja­panese rac­coon dog com­plete with a bow tie and an ap­petite for weird an­tics.

The club’s website states that Dorompa is ‘uni­ver­sally recog­nised as a Tokyo fan in the Ja­panese rac­coon dog world’ (nat­u­rally) and earned his name ‘for in­hab­it­ing a nest close

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