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Happy Cat Day!

The best thing about living in a world with more than one country is that folks in the right frame of mind can celebrate certain holidays more than once. Like Cat Day, which is today in Japan.  Whereas Cat Day in North America usually ...

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JapanaHow: Tips for Bathing Your Catgirl

Hello, and welcome to JapanaHow, our new semi-regular How-To column covering the basics of life once you've Made Anime Real.  If you're one of the growing number of people who've Made Anime Real, you may find yourself the proud guardia...

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Japan's Cat Island gets lots of love to fight food shortage

Aoshima is a small island in a remote part of the Ehime prefecture of Japan. It's the kind of small island you mind find a martial arts master residing, or the kind of place you'd take a high school class for a trip (don't forget the commem...

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This cat jumpsuit lets you bond with your feline purrfectly

There's something uplifting about hugging an animal-- especially if they're your pet. In a way, it can help relieve one's stress from a rough day at work, which is one of the best things about taking care of a dog, cat, or any other creatu...

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Feast your eyes on a man walking nine cats through Tokyo

I may be more of a dog fan than a cat one, but it's hard to ignore an adorable moment where a guy takes his Chinchilla and Himalayan Cats for a walk in the streets of Tokyo. Instead of walking them like a dog, the man places all nine of his...

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Attack on Titan opening made with cats

Here we go: an Attack on Titan parody featuring cats! A very dedicated fan took his cat and placed it in front of a blue-screen along with a miniature town he built, then proceeded to make the best AoT opening parody yet (maybe). He spent ...

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Nyan Nyan Nouveau, a special wine just for cats

A hot new Japanese product has been making the internet rounds over the past few days -- Nyan Nyan Nouveau, a wine being marketed specifically for cats. Some of you who've yet to read about it are probably questioning why anyone would ...

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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #2 - Escape

Some cats just can't handle all the love they get at cat cafes in Japan. This one in particular was ready to get the hell out. I've got more pictures of the other cats somewhere... [click on the gallery thumb for the full image, which is cr...


A kitten taking a warm bath brings great joy to my heart

As you are ready to clock out of your day job, please take a moment and behold the adorableness of a kitten enjoying a relaxing hot springs-like experience. Okay, it's technically not a hot springs, but you get what I m...


Japan's new police cat will take down any purrfect crime

Criminals beware, there is a new crime fighter in town. Say hello to officer Lemon aka the first cat to ever become a police officer in Japan. At the age of two weeks, Lemon has become a great asset in the fight against crime in Kyoto. ...


Cat cafe feline employees stick it to the man

[Update: After some consideration, Tokyo has decided to allow cat cafés to remain open until 10 p.m.] Cat cafés are themed bistros where patrons may pay a cover fee to enjoy a snack or a cup of coffee in the company of a fluff...


Popular cats unite in new cat idol group NKB48

With elections being held for stray cat idols, it was only a matter of time before some keen producer put together an official idol group. Online cat shop Felissimo has created NKB48 (NeKoBu48), an idol group made up entirely of cats. An ob...

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Update: Sorry guys, no new podcast tonight.

...but we'll let you know when we're back into the swing of things! Nobody's dead, we just had some some trouble behind-the-scenes (to put lightly). We figured it'd be better to let you all know instead of being mean and letting it slide. D...


Congratulations Minoru Shiraishi!

According to 0takomu, the legend himself Minoru Shiriashi has confirmed that he has married a lovely lady. How lovely? Well, we can only speculate, as he has yet to reveal her identity. As weird as that sounds it's pretty commonplace for vo...


Election held for stray cat idols

What does your town do when it has a lot of stray cats? If you lived in the town of Saga, it would make them celebrities instead of calling animal control. Two years ago, Saga decided to deal with its stray cat problem by choosing eight kit...


Natsume Yuujinchou has a 4th season... in January!

Those that have been watching the currently airing third season of Natsume Yuujinchou will know that the final episode is due out very soon, so it comes as quite a surprise that a sequel has already been announced! The aptly named Natsume Y...


Video: Japanese cat learns spoken commands

A cat named Leon belonging to a woman in Shizuoka can apparently differentiate between several very similar sounding commands. Leon will eat when given the owner says "yoshi," but not "yoshiko" or any similar words. He also will sit or go t...


Nyanicorn is the Nyancat game

Hey! You know "Nyan-cat", that Vocaloid/Utau-song-turned-internet-meme? It's got a game now, called Nyanicorn and clearly based off of Adult Swim's Robot Unicorn Attack, except with "Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya!" by daniwellP instead of "Always" ...


FACT: Cats love bowls

It's a well known phenomenon that cats love donabe, the round ceramic bowls for cooking nabe, or Japanese hot pots. It's well known in Japan, at least. In case you weren't aware, there is a very important educational video on this very subj...


Cat ears respond to your every whim!

You've seen it at cons. I've seen it, everyone's seen it: people with cat ears. Whether it's a hot cat girl or a slave-like cat boy, cat ears inevitably have merged themselves with some aspect of otaku culture that I still have yet to under...


Why we love the Japanese: Cats in bowls

Do me a favor. Whatever you're doing, stop. Just stop now. Save that email draft, pause that song in iTunes, hold on a sec on that Tweet. Just stop and enjoy the fact that there is a Japanese game show that features challenges such as "How ...


You've heard of the Cash Cab, now check out the cat cab!

I think most cab drivers have to be slightly eccentric people, just to deal with the daily toils of their job. Perhaps they compensate by annoying talking to their passengers nonstop, or possibly by doing other quirky things. This story dea...


First Norageki trailer now online

Here's a little something that might've slipped under your radar: Norageki, Bandai's new 40 minute OVA coming out on BR and DVD March 25th, from Hiroaki Ando (the CG director on Steamboy and the technical director on Tekkon Kinkreet).It fol...


Cute video of the day: many small boxes and Maru

There's something delightful about Maru. He's just so innocent, and he loves boxes so much.In a turn of events that I wouldn't call surprising at all, Maru's owner presents the cat with a small box. You can guess what happens. But each box ...


Fish are the new barbells

This is a video about cats weightlifting fish. Let that sink in for a moment. The concept will feel weird at first, as it should, because this is entirely ridiculous. And yet, something about it just makes sense, like it's the most natural ...


Celebrate Chinese New Years with some tiger girls!

While everyone else is busy with their Valentines Day posts, I've decided to go out of my way to make sure nobody forgets the real holiday that happens to be going on right now. It's Chinese New Year! For those of you who are...


Jalan shows off the adventures of business cat

Allow me to assure you of this one sure fact: no matter how far and wide you search on the internet today, if you are an animal lover, you are not going to see anything better than the video after the jump. From travel service Jalan, it dep...


Itazura coin bank will delight cat fans everywhere

There is not one single thing about this cat bank that does not delight me. Seriously. The little orange crate, the small spot marked with a fishbone that you place your coin on, the little round black pools of kitty eyes that stare at you ...


Toro gets evicted, new app to replace Mainichi Issho

This is the worst news I have ever had to report. For three years, SCEJ's Mainichi Issho has been a free app for the PS3, and as far as I'm concerned, one of the greatest things mankind has ever conceived. If you play it, you know that the ...


For Japan's herbivore men, cats are more than fine

You are familiar with the term "herbivore man," yes? It's used to refer to men who've more or less given up pursuing the opposite sex, settling in for solo flight.Well, perhaps not completely solo, as many herbivores have taken qu...


After a long day of napping, you'd need a cat massage too

 This is so cute it hurts, but the music is hilarious. I don't think I've ever seen a massage parlor that plays techno. The look on the orange cat's face is amazing though. It's not quite as great as, say, a duck massage, but I'd go fo...


Sukeban Shacho Rena puts you in charge of Cat Queen, Inc.

Japan is obsessed with cats, which I have no problem with considering I am pretty obsessed with them too. However, a recent cat-centric game called Sukeban Shacho Rena may be the end all in weird Japanese cat products, and I for one want it...


Amused by lazy cats sitting on their ass? Japan is

According to Japan Probe, Yahoo! Japan is currently holding a "Suko-zuwari" photo contest in it's pet section. So what is "Suko-zuwari" you may ask? It's a term created by Japanese cat lovers to ...


Because everything else has been USB'd: USB cat paw

Sushi. Humping dogs. Godzilla. All forms of removable memory for your computer, compliments of Japan and their wild imaginations. Now, here's one that combines that imagination with Japan's love of cats -- cat paws, in particular.Crazy-ass ...


Japan, what's up with the animal stationmasters?

Yes, I know the story of Tama the cat, the little trainmaster cat that Japan thought was so cute and proceeded to plaster all over the news. And yeah, Tama is cute. Sure, the kitty managed to boost the local economy, but did the cat really ...


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