Japanese prison has a real loose character—“Katakkuri-chan,” the new official mascot of Asahikawa Prison in Hokkaido Japan.
According to news site of The Hokkaido Shimbun Press (giga-goofy Google Translate):
← Katakkuri-chan, the so-called “loose-character”—yurukyara—of Asahikawa Prison, was unveiled on the 8th of September.
The costumed PR mascot character is aimed at getting people interested in the prison (WTF?!).
The mascot made its debut at the “Asahikawa Correction Exhibition”…to soften the image of an unapproachable prison…
…The costume is supposed to resemble a dogtooth violet—katakuri, which is actually a lilly. Katakkuri-chan was created with the wish to, Have children interested in the character of forgiveness of prison and to improve the image of the place.