Show MenuHide Menu

Obama action figure lounging in a kotatsu

January 21, 2009


I love this Barack Obama action figure—not just because I love the new president, which I do, but because here he is lounging Japanese winter-style in a kotatsu. A kotatsu, in case you have the misfortune of never having sat in one, is an amazing table-heated blanket hybrid piece of furniture that, until recently, was the centerpiece of almost every Japanese living room. We used to have one when I was a kid. Sometimes there’s even a hole in the floor that you can dangle your legs in. Here, Obama is hanging out with his legs in the kotatsu, and he’s about to eat a mikan (tangerine) and play Super Famicom.

Link (Thanks, David!)

January 21, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Lisa – how can we buy one of these? I dont speak Japanese. Is there a link on this website where I can purchase the action figure? This is great! Thanks!

January 23, 2009 at 9:56 am

Though I’m guessing the oranges might be referencing the 「はい、みかん。」 thing. Since well, yes, mikan is close enough to yes we can.
There’s enough references in the poses as there are from James Bond to Macross Frontier that I wouldn’t be surprised.

January 29, 2009 at 12:55 am

@Yreka – well spotted!
Too bad the Gamu Toys site seems to be down at the moment.

February 6, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Hello,I bought a Kotatsu at Mitsuwa-store in Arlington heights,IL 60005.
It was approx. $250.
I put a bed cover instead of a futon. We are watching TV from this Kotatsu. Set my thermostat at lower temp to cut gas cost!

September 22, 2010 at 7:11 am

Nice to see this concept.

February 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Great information here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.