Sylvanian Families is a line of animal figures and dollhouses originally sold by Epoch in 1980’s. Later it was distributed and became widely popular worldwide. I’m sure you’ve seen the adorable critters made of flocked plastic living in traditional western-style housings.
By just adding a single piece of garment, Sylvanian Families suddenly turn into exciting (possibly drunken) Japanese matsuri (festival) participants. They give us totally different impressions than when they are in their usual, western-tyle outfits that we are all familiar with.
“Is this where the party’s going on?”
Bunny Cop: “Where is the party!?”
“Everyone here? Let’s wait for the village chief and start the fundoshi festival!”
Beavers: “Can’t hear your voice! Louder!”
“My underwear’s ripped! I have too much energy.”
(And a very drunk mole passed out on the sidewalk…)
“My family only has one grown man who can participate in the matsuri. Good luck Dad!”
Duck Mom: “Wh…who are you? Why are you in my house!?”
Ducklings: “Whoa… you guys are so cool!”
“You two should get ready after the supper too!”
Beaver: “Are you ready for matsuri?”
“Fundoshi matsuri is all over Twitter!”
“Fundoshi is…so romantic.”
“Hahaha, you just found that out?”
“Here comes the mikoshi!”
*Mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine that four selected men (or women sometimes) carry to parade around the town during a matsuri.