We can find several shops where the owners have made their own likeness into mascot-like characters. Here are two examples from Osaka. One for a shop for a ramen ship, the other for a shop that specializes in “vitality” drinks.
An image of the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in the city of Minami-Soma, Fukushima prefecture. As can be seen, all the homes and businesses in this coastal neighborhood were washed away. Only the cement of the streets, foundations, and telephone poles could resist the sheer force of the water. Afterwards, a flag was erected on which people expressed their determination to overcome.