In western countries, bats often represent ominous omens, such as followers of Count Dracula or the Devil. So bats on the items are often eerie. Halloween is the day that the dead revive and come back so bats are grouped along with other eerie creatures such as witches, ghosts and spiders but these days Hallloween is a kind of children's festival and bat costumes are somehow humorous and cute.
In China bats are lucky symbols and often used on buildings, belongings and costumes from Ming and Ching Era. Japan was affected by China and in Edo Era bats are a kind of fashion from overseas regarded as smart and they had bats in yukatas ( summer cotton kimono) or sword hilts.
Today there are many good bat designs and bats are no longer odd thing.
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Bat items arond the world
Central and south america
Dohmo-kun(Characters of Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Japanese bat items
Other traditional Japanese bat design
Modern Japanese arts and crafts
Bat designed souvenirs across Japan
Bat conservation organization
BCI (Bat Conservation International)
BCT(Bat Conservation Trust)
Bat Study and Conservation group of Japan
Plastic bat figures
Miniature plastic figurines
Bat postal stamp
The one and only bat stuffed toy Pink Bat