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Hikonyan: the most popular Japanese municipal mascot at Japan Expo

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 金曜日, 1月 7, 2011

Japanese cat character Hikonyan
Hikonyan, a popular feline mascot of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, poses with over 10,000 New Year greeting cards it has received from fans in and outside of Japan on Jan. 6, 2011 at the municipal government office.
Hikonyan was born in 2007 as a mascot character for Hikone Castle’s 400th anniversary event, and has been popular throughout the country. Wherever Hikonyan shows up, it gets surrounded by people, and eide variety of Hikoynan goods are sold in the in Hikone and neighbor cities.

Hikonyan was alos selected as the most popular Japanese municipal mascot at Japan Expo in France. At the event, the Paris office of the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations asked visitors (mostly French) to vote for their favorite among 33 municipal mascots. Hikonyan won the first place receiving 112 votes out of 1200.


Let’s learn more about Hikonyan! Here are “6 Things about Hikonyan.”

– A white cat wearing a samurai helmet.

– The sex is unknown.

– Its hobby is walking around the castle.

– Because its legs are too short, it is bad at going up and down stairs.

– It looks barefooted but actually wearing white shoes.

– It has resident’s card of Hikone City.

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