Call Me Maybe & Tourism

Sudachi-kun. An unknown character found at the foot of Mt. Bizan.

Sudachi-kun. An unknown character found at the foot of Mt. Bizan.

In late 2011, Carly Rae Jepsen became famous with a single tweet from Justin Bieber.  Her song “Call Me Maybe” took off in 2012 with the music being lip dubbed by many celebrities at first.  Heading into the summer, many people were doing their own lip dubs and parodies.  It was a big hit at the time and the meme itself peaked in June 2012.  It has seen a very steady decline but I recently saw a new version that got me laughing.  The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) got into the spirit and at the end of 2012 they got lots of city mascots to create their own lip dub versions in collaboration with Universal, the Japanese label for Carly Rae.  I never really cared for the Call Me Maybe meme but this is the one time that I did enjoy it.  Below are some fun videos to check out.

Western Japan Mascots (Note:  The beginning is the same as the Eastern Japan Mascots version)

This was my favourite one between western and eastern Japan.

Eastern Japan Mascots (Note: The beginning is the same as the Western Japan Mascots version)

Unarikun

I enjoyed the playfulness of the mascot and using the airport.  It is one of the better produced videos.

Mejiron

This one won the best video award from Carly Rae Jespen herself.  The dancing was pretty good.

Kumamon

Kumamon is the most popular city mascot at the moment.  I liked the video in general but the song was getting a little tired when I watched this.

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