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Monchichi:

Monchichi:

Monchichi

A typical mecha series from Japan. Monchichi stories are short, detailed, and easy to digest. Monchichi stories are good for dipping your digital toe into the world of Japanese pop culture by giving you a brief overview of some of its best stories. Let your imagination run wild and dive into the fantastic future with Monchichi.

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The Monchhichi franchise is held by the Sekiguchi Corporation, a famous doll company, located in Tokyo, Japan. Monchhichi was created by Yoshiharu Washino (ワシの良春 (わしの よしはる)) on January 25, 1974, as an improvement to the already successful Kuta Kuta Monkey (くたくたモンキー) (Exhausted monkey). Sekiguchi claims they created these characters in order to inspire respect and love in the young (Japanese) children and adults, their name is derived from the words "Mon" which translates to "Mine" in French and "Chichi" which closely resembles the sound a child's pacifier would produce according to Japanese phonetics, also the resulting word has a similar sound to the word "Monkey" in English.The name Monchhichi is said to be a portmanteau of the French mon, meaning “mine” as well as the English monkey, and chhichi, based on Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound a baby makes when sucking a pacifier. The dolls are indeed designed to suck their thumbs. The toys, sold as both boy and girl monkeys, were quickly a must-have in Japan—and soon after in Europe and around the world. US advertisements for the dolls, sold by Mattel, memorably featured the jingle: “Monchhichis, Monchhichis, oh so soft and cuddly!”

A Monchhichi is a “sweet little monkey” with a funny name that comes from combining the word Mon “mine” in French and “Chhichi” which is the Japanese onomatopoeic sound for the noise a pacifier makes when a child sucks on it. These animal babies were developed in Japan by Mr Sekiguchi of the Sekiguchi company after he visited Germany. The story goes, he saw some similar doll babies in German Toy Stores, and brought the idea home, where it was combined with a beloved Monkey Doll that was very popular in Japan. These little “Love Monkeys” were created to inspire love and respect between old and young in Japan. Before long, the dolls were exported to Germany and Austria, where their popularity took off. And when the Monchhichi Boutique opened in 1978… providing hundreds of different styles of clothing, collectors went crazy! More Monchhichi dolls were sold in Germany than in Japan! The merchandise line took off as well, T-shirts, games, school bags, bedding and furniture were snapped up by collectors and Monchhichi lovers all over (Source: germangirlinamerica.com)

 

 

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