Kan-chan Japanese mascot

Screengrab via Ichijikuseiyaku/Twitter

Meet Kan-chan, this Japanese company’s new enema penguin mascot

She's going places.


Kris Seavers

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 4, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 9:38 pm CDT

Internet, meet Kan-chan.

She’s the new adorably joyous mascot of a Japanese pharmaceutical company.

Who is she? Or, more accurately, what is she? At first, people were hesitant to ask.

The answer is pretty clear, TBH. Ichijiku Pharmaceutical Co. specializes in a pretty specific niche of the medical supply industry, so…

Even though the company insists Kan-chan is just a cute penguin with a “hair accessory,” anyone who’s ever seen an enema before knows better. Plus, the name Kan-chan definitely comes from the word “kancho,” which is Japanese for enema.

It’s actually pretty cool that there’s a bright smiling face to help sell a product that helps relieve constipation and other digestive issues. The world needed this enema mascot.

It’s also not the first time Ichijiku Pharmaceutical has used a cute sea creature to promote their products. They have a whale for their kids’ enema line.

Luckily, Kan-chan is in good company. Japan has plenty of oddball mascots and anthropomorphized snacks/household products/giant animals. Some are more misunderstood than others.

Also, this.

In her introductory tweet, Kan-chan the penguin enema let the world know she’s “going places.” We’re picking up what she’s laying down.

Safe travels, Kan-chan.

H/T Distractify

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*First Published: Aug 4, 2017, 12:57 pm CDT