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Who needs enemas?

A Japanese pharmaceutical firm hopes you do:

Say hello to Kan-chan, a Japanese company’s new mascot. Yes, that is a furry pink enema, although its producers are arguing that it is, in fact, a penguin. The bulbous figure is apparently a “gentle penguin girl,” with the protruding, darker pink tip representing a hair accessory. As if it wasn’t enough to present the public with a walking enema character, we also had to assign it a gender.

But no, this is really an enema mascot, because Kan-chan now represents Ichijiku Pharmaceutical Co. — which sells all kinds of enemas as part of its mission to help people kick constipation in the butt. Adding a yellow beak and webbed feet to a pump and making it tote a bag does not erase the fact that this is an oversized, living version of a tool you stick up your bottom. Also, Kan-chan is a play on the Japanese word kanchō, which means “enema.”

(Via American Digest.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    11 August 2017 · 8:05 pm

    I think there are some cultural gaps that cannot quite be bridged.

    (Then again: we have animated bears talking about TP, so I don’t know)

  2. CGHill »

    11 August 2017 · 8:06 pm

    I can deal with the bears so long as they remain in the woods.

  3. McG »

    11 August 2017 · 10:49 pm

    If I ever see a real live girl with her hair done up like that with a pink cap on top, I’m never going to be able to explain to Mrs. McG why I’m rolling on the ground laughing my arse off.

  4. Holly H »

    14 August 2017 · 10:52 am

    How do you say “Try Probiotics” in Japanese?

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