着物を着て猫 (Cats Wearing Kimonos)

mmmmmmmmmWe see so many Cute Trends that start over in the Big J. You know, Cats In Boxes (Maru.) Cats With..Food On Their Heads (Shiro & Friends.)

Now, we give to you- Cats. In. Kimonos.

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(Fast Company.)

THIS JUST IN: RIP To Station Master Tama

TAMASad news to report here, everyone. Tama, the Ultra Station Master and Operating Officer at Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, passed away two days ago. Tama was featured several times here on C.O., from as far back as 2008.


Thanks to Mugino S.

Big J Corners The Cute Market (Again)

Allllllrighty then. Following last week’s Hit Product from The Big J (Kitteh Chair Socks,) comes…Table Corner Protectors! Ever boinked yourself in the ankle with a sharp corner? Not anymore! Originally offered by a company called Nitori, sorta the Japanese IKEA. Whoa- think of the product names THERE.

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(Amazon says they’re accessories for hoomin bebeh furniture.)

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(RN24 and Panda.)

First Ever Maneki Neco On C.O.

`Fairly safe in making that claim without bothering to do a search. What IS a Maneki Neco, you ask? Oh Great Wikipedia, bestow upon us your wisdom.

The maneki-neko (Japanese: 招き猫?, literally “beckoning cat“) is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—often at the entrance—of shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. The maneki-neko is sometimes also called the welcoming cat, lucky cat, money cat, happy cat, beckoning cat, or fortune cat in English.

And why are we covering this Big J turf, you ask? All because of an email from Gerry D. “Here is my new Maneki Neco,” the email begins. “John, the King of Neuroradiology and Ann, the Power Behind the Throne, brought it back from Japan.”

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“Like a cat, I find the box more fun than the gift. Also—a battery was enclosed?”

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Happy Father’s Day (Star Wars Edition)

Luke, I AM your father. Now how ’bout cleaning off the top of my head?

Let’s Take A Bunday Trip To…

bunnyislandshrine(say like you’re in a big ominous-sounding echo chamber:) …DISAPPROVAL ISLAND!!!!

When we received the images for our latest edition of the C.O. Cat Café World Tour, Robb S. also said, “I know you’ve covered Rabbit Disapproval Island before, but my friend Jonelle went there very recently and got some pix, in case you’re interested.”

Interested? It’s BUNDAY for goodness sakes! Let’s hop to it!

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Sock It To Your Chairs

Yes. These ARE what they appear to be. Kitteh socks for your chairs.

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Slip the Nekoashi Chair Socks over your chair feet to keep your floors from being scratched up.

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Get this- irony of ironies- they can’t ship to The Big J. Imagine that. WE get something THEY don’t. If they had them in stock.

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(Squid.)

C.O. Cat Café World Tour: Café Socks: Tokyo Toshima-ku

1000-toshima-socks11[UPDATED 6/20 WITH NEW VIDEO!] Cat Café Aficionado Robb S. returns with another edition of our C.O. Cat Café World Tour. “Café Socks” is located in a Tokyo residential neighborhood, and has a dozen kittehs hanging out ready to meet you. (I dare someone- DARE ’em- to show me photos of one of these in say, Nebraska. Or Idaho.)

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When You Go™:

*Addy: 4-24-8 Nagasaki, Toshima-ku, Tokyo. (Map.) (Street View.)

*Cost: Cover charge: Y1100 for the first 60 minutes.

*Hours: Open noon-6pm (Sat, Sun -7pm). Closed Wed, Thu.

Phone: 03-6905-8773.

*Online: Website : Twitter : Email.

The Definitive Big J Video

We’ve seen a lot of wacky video from the Land Of The Rising QTE, and this is right up there. Ryunosuke the cat rides on the shoulders of this fellow as he rides his motorcycle through the streets. (What..no sidecar?) We also get some swing set and biscuit making action. Don’t forget to turn up the speakers for the classic Big J soundtrack.

This makes no sense, which is totally the point.


(Andrew Y./RN24.)

Baymax Dumplings. Well, Sure They Are.

Andrew Y. sent this image in, with just the URL and the subject line, “Baymax Dumplings.” Er- what? Turns out- and I am going way out on a limb here- that Baymax is the title hero of the movie “Big Hero 6.” I think. If you can follow this plot, you get a gold star. It’s all about (quoting Wikipedia) “Hiro Hamada, a 14-year-old robotics genius who lives in the futuristic fictional city of San Fransokyo.”

A-HA! I knew the Big J was involved. It’s now OK to eat the dumplings.

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(9Gag.com.)

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