Mao Asada as a Hina doll
A company in Tokyo that creates Hinamatsuri dolls has created a special doll modeled after figure skater Mao Asada:
The doll is meant to show their support of Asada in her pursuit of an Olympic gold medal. As the media seems to have noticed it, it also served as a clever way of getting their company in the news.
In case you missed it, here’s Mao-chan’s short program from yesterday [at the top of today’s most-viewed ranking on YouTube Japan]:
Asada’s fans were delighted by the performance, which marked a huge comeback after a season of disappointing performances. The medal-winners will be decided after tomorrow’s free skate final.