Animals

The Best Pet Cafes in Tokyo for Animal Lovers

2018-07-19 05:51

Living in Tokyo, it’s hard to get a fix of the fluffy stuff. Pets are usually not allowed in apartments and hectic work schedules hold many prospective owners back. That’s probably why Tokyo is home to a plethora of animal cafes, ranging from cats to hedgehogs, dogs to owls, you can choose from a whole host of adorable creatures to get up close and personal with. If you’re from a country that doesn’t have pet themed cafes it’s definitely something cool to try out while visiting Japan. For tourists, an animal cafe could be the perfect chill out time during a hectic sightseeing schedule. Whether you like fluffy or feathered…


Behold The Adorable Lip-Smacking Shiba Inu Cerberus

2018-07-17 03:53

With adorably stubborn cuties like Hana-chan to compete with, it can be hard to stand out when it comes to shiba inu internet stardom, but good boy brothers Hinata, Aoi, and Sora have made their claim to fame recently with a video that could be considered a chorus of cute. In it, the three siblings bunch their faces up against each other in a formation being affectionately called the “Shiba inu Cerberus” on Japanese Twitter, and proceed to smack their lips in rhythmic order. 柴犬むぎゅむぎゅ #柴犬 #shiba pic.twitter.com/pTLwsttcQH — 柴犬3兄弟ひなあおそら (@yumatsuyamas) 2018年7月11日 We’re not sure if there has been much practice put into this synchronized lip-smacking take on the hound…


Artist Beautifully Combines Japanese “Spiritual Birds” And Trees To Illustrate The Four Seasons

2018-07-12 05:00

One of the minor but common grievances you’ll find among expatriates in Japan is a disdain for being asked “Does your country have four seasons?” or what sometimes comes across as excessive praise for Japan having four seasons. While it can be a bit comical at times, these comments are usually misunderstood, as most Japanese people are referring to how distinct and pronounced the differences between the four seasons are in Japan, and is an appreciation of the sights, sounds, and events celebrated between fall, winter, spring, and summer. Japanese artist @white16074 has created a series of four illustrations that beautifully highlights those seasonal distinctions through the imposing but graceful…


Terrifyingly Realistic Felt Cat Roomba And Cat Monorail Are Ready To Purr Into Your Nightmares

2018-07-09 03:30

The Japanese corner of Twitter has quite the share of talented “wool felt artists”, with creations that range from adorably realistic shiba inu and corgis to gigantic and terrifying cat heads. Creative fantasy artist @sacocho may have perfectly bridged the gap between cute and creepy, however, with two feline contraptions that are bound to either warm your heart or fuel your nightmares. The first is a felt kitty and Roomba hybrid, and the second is a cat monorail. This liquid cat is sliding into your DMs–or nightmares! ネコとルンバの雑種。#奇想生物図鑑 #奇想生物 #奇想ものづくり #羊毛 #羊毛フェルト pic.twitter.com/gM7Dt6SRWJ — さこっちょ/奇想ものづくり (@sacocho) 2018年7月7日 Hop on board the Cat Rail! ネコ、飼いはじめました。#ネコレール#奇想生物 #奇想生物図鑑 pic.twitter.com/j14X8A78Rc — さこっちょ/奇想ものづくり (@sacocho) 2018年4月3日…


Happy Cats, Coffee Shops and Carefree Times in TAO’s Cheerful and Nostalgic Illustrations

2018-07-05 01:53

As she explains on her Tumblr profile, Sapporo-based illustrator TAO is particularly fond of cats, Showa Era things, and sneakers. With their cheerful tone and kawaii characters enjoying relaxing moments, coffee mug in hand, her artwork will surely put a smile on your face or dispel any clouds hanging over your head. Her most recent illustration perfectly encapsulates the feel-good, relaxing mood and Showa Era nostalgia that characterizes much of her work: Source:© TAO Title: “ねこカフェ市電 (Cat cafe municipal tram)” Perhaps inspired by cat cafe train events such as this one by Yoro Railways in Gifu Prefecture, TAO imagines a municipal streetcar, the likes of which were very common in…


Meet Hana-Chan, The Stubbornly Cute Shiba Inu Who Will Let You Know When A Walk Starts Or Stops

2018-07-02 05:30

Aside from their trademark curly cute tails and miniature bean versions (which have spawned a mini-Shiba Inu cafe in Japan), Shiba Inu are well known for having a strong-willed and independent temperament, which can sometimes lead to frustratingly adorable bouts of stubbornness. Beneath that wily exterior are often warm and colorful personalities, and the same can be said of Hana-chan, who absolutely loves going to the park, and you can tell as much from her lovely expression. Source: @87shiba87 Hana-chan’s owner @87shiba87‘s Twitter account keeps a running log of the cheerful Shiba’s exploits, but a running theme appears to be how insistent Hana-chan is about either refusing to go out…


Watch Japanese Cat Cafe Cats React Moments Before Osaka Earthquake

2018-07-02 03:11

At 7:58 a.m. on June 18th, residents of northern Osaka prefecture in Japan were rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which is said to have damaged 6,235 structures in Osaka and over 500 in other prefectures, leaving five dead and four hundred injured. The widespread damage and ongoing recovery process are another sobering reminder of the sudden nature of earthquakes, particularly in Japan, and importance of preparation for the response period during such natural disasters. While cats don’t exactly have the benefit of a preparing earthquake resistant infrastructure, they may have an ability to preemptively sometimes sniff out the unsettling feeling of an oncoming disaster. Throughout history, there have been…


The Canine Face of Softbank’s Hilarious Japanese Commercials Sadly Passes Away

2018-06-29 04:57

Kai-kun, one of Japanese phone company Softbank’s canine models has passed away. Softbank’s bizarre but entertaining marketing strategy won them many fans when they cast not a human or an animated character, but a real-life dog as the face of their brand. The white Hokkaido breed dog plays ‘Otosan’, literally translated as ‘Dad’ or ‘Father’. Otosan is, for some reason, the patriarch of the otherwise human Shirato family, who take part in surreal sketches where the fact that their dad is a dog is barely discussed. From space exploration to politics, Otosan has taken on plenty of adventures with the support of his ethnically diverse family. Although new characters have…


Shark Fans Can Recreate B-Movie Dismemberment Scenes with Plushy Hugging Pillow

2018-06-28 03:30

Last month the International Shark Film Festival took place in Tokyo proving there’s a solid Japanese fanbase for the one of the most blood-thirsty of movie niches. Shark B-movies. 私は今、世界一イケてる「サメ映画観に行く人」🦈💕🦈💕 pic.twitter.com/Xh3YiMzZZ0 — miyakoお嬢⭕️ (@miyakocore) 27 June 2018 Classics of the genre such as Jaws and Sharknado have given the world many over the top tropes. One of the most memorable is the shark hanging off a person’s limb as they try to bite it off. Now hardcore shark-lovers can create one of these iconic scenes for themselves with the shark-shaped hugging pillow, which will be sold at Village Vanguard in Japan, a store which sells a wide selection of cool…


These Chubby Shiba Inu Puffs Are Begging You To Take A Bite Out Of Them

2018-06-27 05:38

The Japanese side of Twitter is filled with creative “food artists” who seem to strike a perfect balance between delicious and adorable, turning out treats that make you wonder if you should eat or pet them such as dango shaped like shiba inu faces and butts, or beautiful steamed goldfish gyoza. Japanese Twitter user and baking enthusiast @kaname_OAl7 may have raised the adorable pastry bar to an impossibly high standard however, baking up this cute homage to Yeast Ken, a shiba inu/loaf of bread hybrid Japanese mascot character, with these adorable strawberry jam and cream cheese filled puffy shiba inu bread balls. Source: @kaname_OAl7 If you’re unfamiliar with Yeast Ken,…


Creepy Evolving Japanese Baseball Mascot Reveals Its Fifth and Final Form

2018-06-27 02:17

The Mysterious Fish: Nazo no Sakana The funky fishy mascot for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Nippon Professional Baseball, known as Nazo no Sakana (Mysterious Fish), has become quite famous both at home and abroad for its continually evolving and creepy looking forms. The third form, in particular, seems to have grossed out more than one fan, and was the butt of a few jokes, even prompting rival team mascots to chase after it during a memorable half-time performance last year. While some wondered if the third would be the last form, the mysterious fish continued its eerie evolution with a fourth form which had a very obvious hint that…


Tokyo’s Adorable Edo Period Themed Cat Cafe Puts the Hiss into History

2018-06-25 06:43

A peaceful time in Japanese history, the Edo period gave rise to new and exciting art forms. One such art form was ukiyo-e, woodblock prints that depicted the entertainment and pleasure districts of Edo (the old name for Tokyo). But it wasn’t all geisha and samurai, these prints hinted at an emerging obsession with a certain animal. Four cats in different poses illustrating Japanese proverbs, Utagawa Kuniyoshi Cats made regular appearances in ukiyo-e prints, indicating that the Japanese obsession with these furry creatures started way, way before Hello Kitty. Source: © Grape Japan If you have a penchant for history as well as adorable kitties, these cat prints and the…


Shiba Inu’s Attack Makes Putting on Bedsheets Even Harder Than It Already is

2018-06-21 04:51

Putting bedding on is already a tough task for one person to take on. But what if you had a mischievous pup that pounced on you every time you attempted it? It’ll add a fair bit of time onto the task as twitter user and dog owner @marutaro2000 found out. He was making up traditional Japanese bedding, which consists of putting a soft futon straight onto the floor and then covering it with sheets and a duvet. His playful Shiba inu, Maru, seemed to want to do everything in his power to stop the bed from being made. 柴犬が邪魔をする夜 pic.twitter.com/w6q7MapK12 — 柴犬まる1.0 (@marutaro2000) 15 June 2018 From the dog’s reaction…


Japan’s Mystic Parrot Predicts Outcome for Japan vs Colombia World Cup Match

2018-06-19 02:30

Since ancient times, we humans have always wondered, do animals have some kind of supernatural senses? If the answer is yes, naturally, the best use of these amazing powers is to predict the outcomes of sporting fixtures. Paul the Octopus floated to fame with his spot-on punditry at the 2010 World Cup, and in 2018 various animals around the world have been put forward, hoping they too have a sixth sense for sports games. The 2018 World Cup is underway and whether it’s out of curiosity or you’re hoping to get some betting tips, everyone wants to know what these pet pundits foresee for the near football future. Many countries…


Animal Skull Bonsai Trees Weave Life and Death Together in Darkly Beautiful Art

2018-06-08 03:55

Tokyo Bonsai Lifestyle’s animal skull bonsai trees beautifully intertwine life and death. As an unfortunate result of depopulation and a decrease in hunting in the countryside, sometimes increasing numbers of animals such as wild boar and deer in Japan can be deemed dangerous to natural forest areas as well as farming. While these animals often end up being culled, only 10% of their remains are properly utilized outside of consumption. Tokyo Bonsai Lifestyle aims to make sure that remains are not discarded in waste with a project that thematically emphasizes life emerging from death called the SKULL BONSAI series. The result is an artistic series that walks the border between…


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