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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day...





Hikonyan, the mascot, in the Waikiki Pan-Pacific Festival Parade. Created to celebrate the 400th year anniversary of the construction of Hikone Castle in Shiga prefecture in Japan. Built by a daimyo named Naokatsu Ii around 1620 as a loving tribute to his father who was killed by musket fire during a battle in Sekigahara. It seems we have come a long way from the tragic horrific death of a beloved father to a cute plush creature...

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