“LOOK, THAT’S ME!”

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It’s not ev­ery month a Ja­pa­nese rac­coon dog gets in con­tact with Four­fourtwo to thank us for an ar­ti­cle on him, but this has been one of those months.

Tokyo Dorompa had been picked as FFT’S mas­cot of the month in Septem­ber’s is­sue, and was swiftly made aware of his sud­den world­wide fame. “He was su­per de­lighted to see the fea­ture in the mag­a­zine,” says sup­porter Reiko Sakai, who gave Dorompa an is­sue.

So su­per de­lighted, in fact, that he went round sign­ing sev­eral copies, as a num­ber of sup­port­ers turned up bran­dish­ing them ahead of FC Tokyo’s J-league en­counter at home to Kawasaki Frontale last month. Dorompa even went as far as to scrib­ble a thank you mes­sage to FFT and then hold it up for the cam­eras.

That com­plete, he went back to do­ing his usual mad stuff, like stag­ing a press con­fer­ence to re­veal de­tails of a birth­day party that has been planned in his honour. We’ll be hon­est, we have seen some far bet­ter pressers in our time, what with him be­ing a mute mas­cot. Any ques­tions? Nah, thought not.

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