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Who/What is Domo-kun?
Domo-kun (どーもくん) is a small brown open-mouthed monster hatched from an egg who lives with a wise old rabbit underground. He really, really likes TV and also enjoys rocking out to Guitar Wolf. Domo-kun is the mascot of NHK's BS2 (a satellite channel; he also appears on BS1). NHK has been producing a series of Domo-kun stop-motion vignettes that exude personal charm and warmth. There is also a wide variety of Domo-kun-related merchandise available, some of which is difficult/impossible to find in the US.
"Domo" in this case appears to mean more of something (usually to stress "thank you," "excuse me," etc), implying increased politeness. "kun" is used as "Mr." or "Ms." for "younger people or colleagues." He acquired his name in the second episode, when Usajii turns on the TV for him and an announcer says "Domo konnichiwa" ("very much hello" wink
I've received email from a member of the US Air Force who is stationed in Japan and this person indicates that "Domo" is used "everywhere" in Japan as "thanks." I've also read someone's opinion that "Domo" in this case means "ferocious," but the Random House Japanese/English dictionary doesn't support this at all (the "domo" meaning "ferocious" has two long "o"s, the "domo" in Domokun only has one).
According to NHK, Domo-kun is recognized by 90% of Japanese schoolchildren.
The egg probably originates from the egg-shaped rings of the NHK logo (made eggy in 1995).
The following are the character descriptions as they appear at Domomode.
DOMO is a strange creature born from an egg. One day he fell into Usajii's house, the old rabbit likes TV. After that he began to love watching TV. He is gentle and strong. When he is in a bad mood, he breaks wind.
Favorite food: Seasoned beef with potatoes
Disliked food: Apple (There seems a deep mystery in his DNA)
Favorite talent: MAX and The guitar wolf
I am guessing that "bad mood" is really something like "distressed/nervous," as evidenced by the episode in which he accidentally meets up with Ta-chan, sweats a little, and lets fly.
Usajii has been living in a cave for 70 years. He loves TV and astringent tea. When he was young, he often traveled with his sweet heart, but now he is completely retired. Favorite food: Kinds of carrot
Disliked food: A trivial thing
Favorite talent: Hijiri Kojima
"Usagi" (rabbit) "Oyaji" (older man) ~= Usajii!
Shinobu is a strong-minded mother. Morio is a mischievous child. They are hanger-on of Usajii's cave. Favorite food: The thing of a season (Shinibu)
Spaghetti Neapolitan (Morio)
Disliked food: Alcohol (Shinibu - She drinks alcohol in large amounts in fact.)
Favorite talent: Brad Pitt (Shinibu)
"Shinobu" means "endure."
Ta-chan is a weasel girl. She is seventeen years old. She moved near Usajii's cave this spring. She dreams to be a stylist or model in Tokyo. She always tries to get information from a mobile phone, TV, or magazine. She is overly friendly, but is lonley somehow. She always adds "chi" to the end of a conversation, but she doesn't know it. She doesn't like the country-side.
Angelus Love and Song of the night
Why bother looking at something,
Knowing you don't care?
Why bother getting up in the morning,
Spreading your hatred everywhere?
Why bother falling in love,
If love just makes you hurt more?
Why bother trusting someone,
If you'll get hurt like before?
The reason is life is a risk,
Take the chances you get.
Falling in love is a miracle,
Something you will never forget.
No matter what happens:
there'll always be you and me
Song Of The Night
Once mind is silenced
to keep me from falling into the night,
its silken blackness enfolding me.
It is a relief to let go,
to no longer prop up
a cardboard form I thought was me.
I spread out, dispersing through the void,
feeling myself everywhere
in this Nowhere
that is home to only One.
From out of the silence, I hear sound-
a soft and subtle crooning.
It is the song of the cool, black space
the song of the Beloved
And I follow it
Hatred can be cure by love, but love is the one that cause the hatred.
Remember where we come from and stand before we've born to the world.