Hikonyan is the official mascot for the city of Hikone created to celebrate the Hikone Castle's 400th anniversary. His name is a mix of "Hikone" for the city and "nyan", the sound a cat makes in Japanese. The character takes on the appearance of a white cat with a samurai helmet topped by two long yellow horns. He weilds a sword and wears a green collar around his neck to which a bell is attached. Hikonyan has enjoyed massive popularity within and without Hikone and his merchandise can be found almost everywhere. You can buy everything from Hikonyan stuffed animals to Hikonyan socks. He even has his own song!
It is possible to "meet" Hikonyan at the Hikone Castle where a person in a large fuzzy Hikone costume comes out to greet visitors, accept gifts, and pose for pictures.