Make People Happy, Not Handbags! "That's my motto," says Lil Al (a.k.a. Wa-kun), Craineview Ward's very own mascot. Every prefecture, city, town, village, school and what have you has one, some more discernible and better tailored than others. Ours is an affable alligator called Wa-kun in Japanese or 'Lil Al' to most of our readers. Disclosure: I am actually related to one of these cold-blooded but warm-hearted creatures. Further Reading: A list of articles on Japanese mascots in the Japan Times.