Brown, Fuzzy & on the Go: Domo-kun in England

domokun-paddington station

Domo-kun at Paddington Station | Fujifilm FinePix A101

Domo-kun, the fuzzy brown mascot of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), has enjoyed a worldwide cult following ever since the internet exposed him storming after a kitten across a rolling hillside in 2001. But that scandal and his flatulent nature haven’t slowed him down. In fact, nowadays, you may see him in seasonal costumes at Target or emblazoned across the chests of hipsters, Hello Kitty buffs, and everyone in between.

Back in 2003, I coaxed this pointy-toothed curmudgeon out of his underground cave and have since accompanied him on various adventures around the world. He has gnawed on Slim Jims from a Nebraska gas station and indulged in decadent delights from Parisian patisseries. He has spied kangaroos in the Australian wild and witnessed the changing of the guards in South Korea. He has chilled with chicks in Italy and dodged bulls in Spain.

How did he come to allow me into his inner circle? Easyβ€”I rescued him from what would’ve been a rather invasive investigation conducted by FBI agents Mulder and Scully, whom you might remember from The X-Files.


On the table | Canon PowerShot A80, 13.6mm, 1/30, f8, ISO 100

We haven’t taken a trip together since 2010 because he’s a busy critter and it’s hard to coordinate our schedules. Hopefully we’ll re-unite soon. Until then, here are some photos from our first two trips to England, when we hit London’s main attractions, enjoyed high tea at Leeds Castle, and explored the mystical landmarks of Salisbury Plain. The first batch of him was shot with my very first digital camera (a compact 1.3-megapixel Fujifilm FinePixA101), the second with my second (Canon PowerShot A80, which had manual functions and a handy flipscreen).


Big Ben | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/80, f8, ISO 200

domo at westminster bridge

Westminster Bridge | Canon PowerShot A80, 13.6mm, 1/50, f8, ISO 200

domo and dali

Outside the Dali Museum | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/80, f8, ISO 200

domo-national gallery

Trafalgar Square photobomb | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/200, f8, ISO 50

domo-nelsons column

Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/80, f8, ISO 50


Subway entrance | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/400, f8, ISO 50

tube gallery

Cindy Sherman at Gloucester Road tube station | Fujifilm FinePix A101

mind the gap

Mind the gap | Canon 5D, 32mm, 1/30, f4, ISO 1600

up and down

Escalator | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/20, f8, ISO 1250

domokun on tower bridge

Tower Bridge | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/50, f2.8, ISO 50

view from st. paul's cathedral

View from St. Paul’s Cathedral | Fujifilm FinePix A101

british museum rotunda

British Museum rotunda | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/60, f8, ISO 400

domo and london phonebox

Phoning home | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/50, f8, ISO 100

domo and london ambulance

Ambulance | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/125, f8, ISO 50

fuschia door

Camden color | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/160, f8, ISO 100

totable pop art on sale

Camden pop art sale | Canon 5D, 73mm, 1/100, f8, ISO 200

open-air donuts

Open-air donuts | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/13, f8, ISO 100

party time at oxford circus

Party time at Oxford Circus | Canon 5D, 24mm, .6sec, f8, ISO 250

bus pass

Bus pass | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1sec, f8, ISO 200

tea time for domie

Tea at Leeds Castle | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domokun at stonehenge

Stonehenge | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domo with view from glastonbury tor

View from Glastonbury Tor | Fujifilm FinePix A101

cemetery in castle comb

Castle Comb cemetery | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domo in lacock

Lacock | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domo meets super whippy

Ice cream break | Fujifilm FinePix A101

I’ll be sharing photos from our other forays together so please check back soon. [4/15/13: Italian adventures posted here.] And for those of you who can’t get enough of my 1994 KALX playlists, redundant as they’ve been so far, here’s one from 19 years ago on this very day. How did I think Operation Ivy would segue nicely after John Coltrane? And Miles Davis after Pinhead Gunpowder? My mind boggles….

* = feature play
$ = request

3/04/94: FRIDAY 9:30am-12pm

GBH – Race against Time
POISON IDEA – You’re Next
CHANNEL 3 – I’ve Got a Gun
ASTRUD GILBERTO – Girl from Ipanema
COUNT BASIE – Yessir That’s My Baby

TOY DOLLS – Razzmatazz
EATER – I Don’t Need It
JOHN COLTRANE – My One and Only Love

* THE RAMONES – 7 and 7 Is
* SCREW 32 – Tools for the Job
THE CLASH – Career Opportunities
THE BUZZCOCKS – Late for the Train

* BEASTIE BOYS – Egg Raid on Mojo
* TEEN IDLES – Deadhead
* NEW BOMB TURKS – This Place Sucks
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – Joe Avery’s Place

THE SLITS – Shoplifting
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up
MILES DAVIS – High Speed Chase

* TEENGENERATE – Wild Weekend
COPOUT – Blind
MR. T EXPERIENCE – Bridge to Taribithia

THE REZILLOS – Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In
DEAD MILKMEN – Takin’ Retards to the Zoo

THE DISRUPTERS – Young Offender
* FAITH – Face to Face
CIRCLE JERKS – Hypnotizer

THE MISFITS – Spinal Remains
DISCHARGE – Two Nuclear Stockpiles
* THE PANDORAS – I Live My Life

OLD SKULL – Love Is Hell
* AGRESSION – Intense Energy

EVERREADY – Never Walk Away
$ 2000 D.S. – Higher and Higher
ALL – Gnu Theme

* VILE CHERUBS – Man with a Photograph
BAD BRAINS – Attitude
MINOR THREAT – Screaming at a Wall



Filed under domokun, photography, travel

87 responses to “Brown, Fuzzy & on the Go: Domo-kun in England

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  2. I love this post! Great pictures and, of course, DOMO!

    Older, Hello Kitty-Domo loving, non-hipster person

  3. I didn’t even know they had X-Files action figures. Boy, where have I been?

  4. I want one. Will swap you one of our Mission Control Creative Monsters for a Domo-Kun?

  5. Haha I live it. My friends and I had a Bert (from Bert and Ernie) who travelled all over the world as well. I wish I could find those photos, it was so long ago!

  6. Hahah I love these pictures, Domo leads a great life altogether!!

  7. Congrats of Freshly Pressed, can’t wait to see more DOMO posts!

  8. When my daughter was young we had to take Flat Stanley with us everywhere and write a story. Your Paddington brings back such fun times!

  9. This is awesome! At first I had no idea what I was looking at. Then wow, great pictures!

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  11. This is so funny. I was once part of a group that took a pink stuffed toy cat on our adventures and started a fb page for the cat.

  12. Domo-kun always reminds me of going to Mississippi with a group of fellow college kids to build a Habitat house. One of them had a Domo something or other (pink version) that she took pictures of when it rained and we couldn’t do anything else. I couldn’t do much even when it didn’t rain (zero prior construction experience) but still enjoyed getting out of my home state for a while.

  13. yingyeahh

    Reblogged this on pagexofthreehundredandsixtyfive and commented:
    Something that I would be looking forward to do. πŸ™‚

  14. What a fun way of documenting one’s travels!

  15. Amazing pictures! A different view of the Country I live in, but take for granted…

  16. Very cool. Wonder if I should take my Huddersfield Town Hedgehog bear thing for a wander in Izu!

  17. Reblogged this on Lanwenya's Blog and commented:
    Those funny pictures !!!!

  18. such pretty pictures….domokun had a great time it seems πŸ˜›

  19. Hilarious!!! Great photos! Sam

  20. This makes me miss living in England!

  21. I’m going to London next week and your story with Domo-kun inspired me to bring my Luck-luck (a little duck doll) along with me πŸ™‚

  22. Those are amazing pictures. I love Domo. As I sit at my desk typing this, I can look over at my windowsill and see about 18 six inch Domo plush that I collect. I wish the seasonal ones were still sold at Target. You have to look at FYE and Hot Topic and Spencers now.
    I used to take a plush moustache that has eyes with me and blog pictures of it in odd places. The best is when people were brave enough to find out what I was doing and wanted to help with it!!

  23. Hi there!
    What a fun post! I loved meeting and reading about Domo. He’s certainly well travelled – he really seems to enjoy himself. Thanks for posting

  24. domo-kun’s creator should be grateful to have his character advertised like that. great pics! btw, where did you take the pic of domo playing (almost) dead with scully and mulder? was it on the exhibition or you arrange it yourself?

  25. Di'

    My daughter loves DOMO! SHe has the doll & the backpack. Most of all, she loves drawing it. Cool places you went to and awesome pictures.

  26. I love this to bits!! I do the same thing with my little wolverine toy! πŸ™‚

  27. Those are brilliant pictures! And they include Domo! Yay! πŸ˜€

  28. Fantastic photos! My favourite one is of him at Stone Henge. Love it!

  29. The Casual MineCrafter - davemakeslols

    Domo will rule the world…

  30. This is great. My husband says I make a face that looks very Domo-like, so he bought me one on our honeymoon and he was in all our shots.

  31. Reblogged this on atana's world! and commented:
    it must be so much fun traveling around the world with domo :3

  32. Indeed, those are beautiful shots! Domo’s an interesting model. Those shots are pretty!

  33. This made my day! I love when people do this. What made you interested in doing something like this?

  34. Your photography is stunning! I’d love to see a photo of Domo in Nebraska, but I may be slightly biased being a Nebraska girl transplanted in Germany.

  35. Marcela Cava Balsa


  36. burinpu

    These photos are fantastic. Thank you for the visual candy!

  37. My daughter Loves this. She said she wanted to buy one at the mall. I had no idea what she was talking about. Very cool.

  38. This is amazing! I absolutely adore this post, thanks for sharing!

  39. That reminds me of the little DOMO-KUN I got out of a vending machine in Tokyo back in 1999. My 2 year old loves to play with him today.
    Awesome pictures.

  40. I love this post! It’s so amazing how Domo’s face seemingly has a different expression in every photo… even though I know his face is the same, he’s really quite talented at emoting.

  41. Domo-kun, it seems that London is quite bossy. “Mind the gap”, “Mind that child”. I hope you are enjoying yourself. It looks like you are having excellent weather.

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  44. Great pictures! I had a Domo once… my dog ate him 😦

  45. Pre-witched

    Great post. Love the photos πŸ˜€

  46. Domo looks so cute! Great photography, and a great post!

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