Update: June 10, 2013 About Shiga
Watan was created in 1999 as the mascot of Shiga’s 21st Century Celebration Project. This much loved water sprite promotes Shiga with a variety of messages. Watan is Caffy’s senior.
Watan has a head the shape of a teardrop and a body colored green with the reflection of the forest. The transparent halo of water around Watan’s neck represents Lake Biwa. The colored rings on Watan’s chest symbolize life (orange), nature (green), and water (blue). Watan is neither male nor female. Watan’s talents include yachting, windsurfing, and ninjutsu.
Caffy was created in 2007 as the mascot of the 21st Japan Sports and Recreation Festival, hosted by Shiga in 2008. Caffy is a native catfish of Lake Biwa and promotes sports in Shiga.
Caffy was born on April 27, 2007. Caffy’s gender is unknown, though Caffy sometimes makes references to being ”one of the guys.” Caffy is from the area near Lake Biwa’s Chikubu Island. Caffy’s job is to promote sports and Shiga Prefecture. Caffy is a bit slow, but gives 100% when attempting anything. Caffy loves children and entertaining people, though Caffy tires quickly on land and takes frequent naps. Caffy is quite speedy and excels at soccer, aerobics, and can even trampoline. However, having such a large head makes it easy for Caffy to tumble when running. Caffy’s favorite food is shrimp. Caffy’s specialty is making sharp turns (Caffy turns). The ”S” on Caffy’s tank top stands for ”Sports.”