The best part of Hikone is the cute little samurai charachter cat which they have there, named Hikonyan. I didnt think we really would get to see him, but they had a special performance! We arrived at just the right time, and got to see him! He came into the room and posed for photos, and played with a flower and a rice cracker. It was pretty adorable, and everyone was oohing and aahhing because he was so adorable!