For the first time in three months, he appeared 50m away from Corona Infection Prevention May 23 at 13:34
In Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture, the opening of Hikone Castle, a national treasure, was reopened, and the city’s popular character Hikonyan also appeared for the first time in about a month.
National Treasure Hikone Castle has been closed to the public since March 5 due to the new coronavirus, but has resumed opening to the public since March 23, except for some buildings, including the guardians.
In the castle garden, the city’s popular character Hikonyan appeared for the first time in about three months and interacted with visitors.
In order to prevent infection, the pond was cut about 50 meters away, but visitors enjoyed taking pictures and waving hands while taking distance from each other.
A man in his 50s in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, said, “I was very happy because I wanted to meet him. It made me feel better to meet him.”
According to Hikone City, hikonyan has been going to shopping malls in the city until now, but in order to prevent people from crowding, it will appear only in the castle garden for a while in the future.
For the time being, the city is calling for self-imposed restraint on visits from outside the prefecture.