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Yuta & Yuko – Fox paper toys as Yudaonsen mascots


2 cute white foxes for your collection. Their name are Yuta and Yuko, the mascots for Yudaonsen hot spring prepared by Takashi Okada.

Onsen is probably a strange word to you but how about the phrase “hot spring”? Onsen is Japanese for bathing facilities in an inn and is widely used in Japan to indicate hot spring resorts. These outdoor and indoor bathing areas are ubiquitous in anime, manga and Japanese movies. Onsen is actually a major attraction in Japan. It would be so relaxing to soak our bodies in luke warm water after a nice long walk and work out, right?

According to the author, there is a legend about one of these. The Yudaonsen hot spring near Yamaguchi City was discovered 800 years ago when a priest observed a white fox bathing its wounded paw in a small pond at the foot of Mount Gongen. Since then, the white foxes Yuko and Yuta became the mascots of that hot spring. Pretty interesting. Anyway, check out the image and tell me what do you think about it.

White Fox Papertoy


You will notice that there are many Japanese words on the paper toys. Yuka is the blue one, male and the red one is Yuko, female. Both can be found at the author’s website, http://otonchin.soreccha.jp. The site is in Japanese, so I will guide you on where to get the templates. Sadly, the page looks a bit messy and broken. But just pay attention to the blue small banner under the fox paper toys images. You can download a pdf file containing the template using the banner. The file size is rather small, only 2.9mb.

We are pretty lucky because there are pictorial tutorials provided on how to assemble them. Yes, for both Yuta and Yuko. So if you are interested on having these 2 cute foxes, you can check the site using banner below and grab the templates while it’s still available.



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