Meet FC Toyoko’s wacky mascot
The raccoon dog is really big in Japan – and he can do a mean karate chop
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