HAMAMATSU, SHIZUOKA PREF. – Shusse Daimyo Ieyasu-kun, a mascot character, or yuru-kyara, for the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, was named on Monday the No. 1 yuru-kyara for 2015.
Ieyasu-kun, named after Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, won the title in the final vote during the three-day Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix event in Hamamatsu, which drew a record 1,727 mascots from across the country.
He received 6,953,461 votes, followed by Mikyan, the mascot for Ehime Prefecture, with 6,915,774 votes, and Fukka-chan, representing the city of Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, with 4,011,758 votes.
Ieyasu-kun came in second in the preceding three-month online poll but scored an upset win in the three-day final ballot held at the event’s outdoor venue.
A total of 76,894 people attended the event.