Toro Inoue is Sony Japan’s cat mascot, and he lately celebrated his birthday for the primary time in 4 years. “Toro’s Birthday Party 2023” fan occasion was held on May 6, 2023 to have a good time the creation of the mascot. Approximately 160 followers gathered on the occasion, and Toro and his accomplice Kuro themselves made an look. [Thanks, Famitsu!]
Toro Inoue, also referred to as the “Sony Cat,” first appeared as one of many Pokepi (brief for Pocket People) within the first game of the Doko Demo Issyo game sequence, launched in Japan in 1999. Toro has additionally appeared in loads of cellular video games, has had collaborations with different franchises equivalent to Sanrio, and continues to be a preferred character in Japan these days.
The newest celebration for Toro was the primary in-person occasion because the begin of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Toro and Doko Demo Issyo merchandise, alongside choose meals objects themed after the character had been additionally offered on the venue. As is customary for the cat’s birthday, the venue additionally held a small altar for followers to show their Toro creations and memorabilia.
Cutting the cake was a problem for Toro, so BeXide president Kazunori Nanji, the corporate that handles the Doko Demo Issyo sequence, helped reduce it on behalf of Sony’s mascot. Additionally, Naoshi Horiguchi, character designer for the franchise, provided a 40-minute stay drawing session. The occasion got here to a closing with a commemorative photograph of Toro and Kuro posing with 30 followers elected in a lottery.