You heard it here first: there are some serious mutations going on down in Koenji.
For no apparent reason other than sheer awesomeness, a kappa and tengu appeared in the midst of Koenji Fest 2011, which continues through this weekend in (wait for it) the Koenji neighborhood of Tokyo.
Where else but Tokyo can you stumble across a kappa getting into a fistfight with a super-kawaii mascot? Nowhere. And fortunately for you, I caught it on camera. (Click the "YouTube" logo at bottom right to display them at full size).
"Professor! The beauty of your legs exceeds my calculations."
A Namco ad from the mid-Eighties, spotted in the pages of a trade magazine for toy industry members. I'm not sure what this ad was intended to convey, but it does a good job of showcasing the company's motto of the era, which was "We Create 'Play.'" Ahem.