That’s me and what I’ll be dressed as in costume tonight for Halloween in Waikiki.
In case you haven’t noticed, on the bag of Hinode Rice — Hawaii’s favorite brand — there’s a mascot. They’ve changed his design recently where “Hinode Rice Man” looks a bit more caucasian now, and he no longer is holding a pair of chopsticks. But I like the former mascot design better, as it looks more “anime” like, and the chopsticks give him so much more character, therefore that’s what I modeled my costume design as.
It’s probably going to be a pain in the you-know-what carrying that faux bowl of rice (with Ume in the center) around (which is made of posterboard and packing popcorn foam), so if I get tired of carrying it, I’ll probably just give it away or toss it. The oversized (for “anime-like” exaggeration) chinaman style hat is also made of posterboard, cut into a huge circle, slit down the back and shaped into a cone, being stapled together in back. The “anime” style eyes are made of white posterboard glued onto a pair of sunglasses, where my visibility is actually as good as, well, wearing a pair of sunglasses.
I thought of doing this on a last-minute whim, yet I think the results came out pretty darned good! Especially considering how quick and cheap it was to make. And I haven’t seen anyone do “Hinode Rice Man” yet, except for one crude costume (what may have been provided by the Hinode Rice vendor) that made an appearance at a local supermarket with Lani Moo mascot. By I have to humbly say, I like my take on “Hinode Rice Man” better.
Anyways, if you plan on hitting Waikiki tonight for Halloween (even though it’s a Sunday night, it’s going to GO OFF as always), look out for Hinode Rice Man and say hello. That’s me! See ya’ there!