In a country where pets outnumber children, animals in Japan are some of the most spoilt in the world. It’s not uncommon to see owners carrying dogs like babies, pushing them in specially-made prams and taking them on onsen hot spa holidays. The nation even has 11 cat islands where felines roam free and locals lavish them with attention.
So when big events and special holidays roll around, Japan’s furry friends also get dressed up for the occasion. Pet parents know no bounds when it comes to dressing their little ones and what better way to share the joy than with tiny elaborate kimonos? Join us as we take a look at some of Japan’s most stylish kittens below!
It wasn’t long ago that we were wishing a happy birthday to Tama, the adorable feline that was given the title of Ultra Stationmaster by Wakayama Electric Railway. Having just turned 16 in April, Tama, who lived at Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture and delighted travelers on a daily basis, was incredibly young for a stationmaster.
16 is a fairly advanced age for a cat, though, and the sad news has just come that Stationmaster Tama has passed away.
Of all the underwater creatures you can find in aquariums, a goldfish might not seem too special. But there’s one goldfish in Shima Marineland in Japan’s Mie Prefecture with a life-story more exciting than most.
Thrown into a tank as food for a larger species, this plucky fish not only escaped predators, but managed to slip into a water filtration tank where it survived undetected for seven years – growing to a length of 25cm (10 inches) – before being discovered by aquarium staff.
From last April 29th until Sunday, June 28th, 2015, there is a Star Wars exhibit at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo.
Tickets cost ¥1800 for adult admission, if you buy them at the event…but only ¥1500 if you buy them at a 7-eleven convenience store.
Poster advertising the Star Wars exhibit in Tokyo.
My wife and I went to this exhibit yesterday.
Photography wasn’t permitted in most of the exhibition areas, so I couldn’t take pictures of most of the items…but they had Star Wars-inspired artwork by some really talented artists, as well as actual props and costumes used in the Star Wars movies!
In the gift shop, they had some memorabilia made exclusively for this Tokyo exhibit…some of which was Japan-inspired, such as Star Wars 手ぬぐい (Japanese towels).
A few of the items sold at the gift shop.
The exhibit is on the 52nd floor of the Roppongi Hills building, so we could get a nice view of Tokyo.
The famous “spider” statue outside Roppongi Hills.
Here are some of the photos we took:
There was a lot more to see at this exhibit, so if you’re interested in Star Wars, you should go to this exhibit by June 28th!
Here is a のれん (Japanese doorway curtain) with a symbol that is commonly seen and easily understood in Japan. But, how about outside of Japan? What would you assume that symbol means? What do you think this curtain is the entrance to?
***edit 2015 June 13th***
As of June 13, 2015, most people (by a wide margin) chose “Hot Spring” as the meaning of the ♨ symbol…and that’s correct!
I guess this poll was too easy. I’ll try to make the next one a bit more difficult.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll.
You can design your own original Kit-Kat package with any photograph you like of your family, friends, pet, or whatever, and have that picture on a pack of regular, dark, or green tea Japanese Kit-Kats.