始めまして (Nice Ta Meetcha)(Update!)

UPDATE!!! Cuteporter Andrew Y. just alerted us to a BIG OL’ HONKIN’ BATCH of new photos. Voilà!

Clipboard01 From now through September 13th, visitors to Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park in Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, can actually shake hands paws with Asian small-clawed otters. (English version of the site is here.) Folks dip their finger in Wakasagi Smelt extract, then poke it thru the hole.

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Quoting Steve L. of Petslady.com, “The program is open daily from 11:50am on weekdays and from 12:40pm on weekends and holidays. Admission is 500 yen (about $5) and reservations can be made by phoning the Park directly. Due to the popularity of the program, you really ‘otter’ call before visiting.(+81-46-880-0152.)”

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~Creditos~
* Updated images 1-10 + video spotted on Rocketnews24.com.
*Remaining images (I think) originally from Kawausosu.com.

Japan Will Not Let Up

The Land Of the Rising Sun consistently kicks our butt outperforms the US when it comes to The QTE. We’re just helpless ovah heah. We just saw the otters shaking hands deal, right? Now this. Cuteporter William D. sends in an email with the subject line “Oh my, the one with the duck on his head.”

That gets my attention.

A duck on someone’s head? (FYI the top row that comes on at about 1:07.) Must check it out. So William goes on to say “Animated cute, but…have you seen this? It’s amazing. Japan wins the cute arms race again.”

Yes. Yes, they do.

Again.

CNN Reports! Animal celebrities of Japan!

Doo day too too too too too [news-coming-over-the-wire-sound] CNN reports! Animal celebrities of Japan! Oh and, how nice of CNN to mention us too:

America is no stranger to cute animal culture. Memes featuring lolcats have been popular since 2006, Cute Overload spearheaded the cute animal blog movement in a huge way years back, and a cleverly shaved Pomeranian named Boo has more than 3 million fans on Facebook.

See the entire article here.

And without further adooooo; my TOP THREE Japanese animal celebs IN ORDER! HAI!

Meme.

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Maru.

and…Oolong.

Meanwhile, at Kyoto Municipal Field…

Welcome back, sports fans, to this tense game between the Tokyo Sumos and our own Kyoto Beagles. If you’ve just tuned in, you missed seeing the Beagles catcher completely flattened by a Sumo runner sliding into home. And so the Beagles have called a short time-out while a replacement catcher warms up in the bullpen…

Another quality foraged link by Ant.

Cuddle a Cuppa Kitty at a Cat Cafe

In the same vein as its bunny bistros, Japan’s cat cafes are cozy, caring — and cute. Few apartments in Japan allow pets, so patrons pay a fee to lounge with the friendly felines, observing rules to ensure a clean and happy environment for all.

From the blog Sea of Shoes, spotted by Ian F., who also pointed us to the site for the Chamamo Cat Room, where these photos were taken (click here for English translation).

To Curry Favor, Favor Curry

Here’s another one for our WTF (white tabby flavoring) file: A kitteh who just loveses him some curry, only not for eating. From our friends the Japanese, of course.

Welcome to my humble abode

Please! Make yourself comfortabuhls!

Amanda D., please remove your shoes upon entering.

Your Guide to Being a Criminal

Part Seven: How to Be Interrogated

If you have heeded this guide thus far, your fledgling criminal career should proceed on solid footing. Alas, even the best-laid plans sometimes fail, and you may find yourself in police custody, forced to undergo a process called interrogation.

In these moments, it is paramount to remain calm, composed, and most of all, do not volunteer information that may be used against you. Provide short yes-or-no answers to the detectives’ inquiries, as demonstrated in the video below.

And where were you the night the toilet paper was shredded, Arlo R.?

The Eternal Struggle of Anteater vs. Domino

Our friends the Japanese test a new version of the domino theory:  Which animal will walk through the dominoes without knocking them over?  Will it be the turkey?  The pig?  The coconut/armadillo Transformer?  Click play for the surprising answer!

#1 Maru Fan Wallpapah Hei!

If you like Maru the insane box-loving, haunch-splaying, always curious kitteh “Maru”, then you’ll LOVE this wallpaper put together by Brink G.:

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