Sunday, May 13, 2007

Hikonyan, the samurai cat of Hikone Castle

To attract more tourists to Hikone Castle as its 400th anniversary approached, a group of business types hit on the idea of creating a cartoon character to feature in all ads for the castle.

The result was Hikonyan the samurai cat, who has been a smash hit with the public.

The "-nyan" part of the name "Hikonyan" is the Japanese equivalent of "meow" and is also used in nyanko, the baby-talk word for cat. And the word "moggy," used in the second linked-to article, is a Britishism for cat.

By the way, the Monk wishes the happiest and mellowest of Mother's Days to all the mothers out there.

Hikonyan as drawn on paper...

...and Hikonyan in "real life."

—Mellow Monk

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