Japan is a main character in the series Axis Powers Hetalia/ Hetalia: Axis Powers. He is a part of the Axis Powers. In 2008, Himaruya gave human names to some of the characters and he received the name, Honda Kiku. He is a short, slim man with black hair, dark brown eyes, and is often depicted wearing a white naval uniform with black and gold accents. His first appearance in both the anime and the published manga shows him briefly wearing a more ornate version, with gold epaulets and frog clasps down in the front of the jacket. When he first appeared in the webcomic, he wore a standard gray/black uniform until sometime after joining the Axis. This character is popular among cosplayers. It can be portrayed by wearing cosplay Kiku Honda costume and cosplay Kiku Honda wig. This character is always present in an Axis Powers cosplay.