Kumamon came to my school... randomly. It was a surprise visit. It's Kumamon's 2nd year "Birthday" and he is making the rounds putting smiles on everyone's faces.
Kumamon is Kumamoto Prefecture's mascot. He is part of a campaigner to boost tourism to Kumamoto prefecture. And he is working big time! Last year alone he generate seven million dollars in tourist revenue.
If you still don't know what Kumamon is, or don't fully grasp his appeal, this blog explains it very well.