The Cat Café

Keeping a pet is quite a challenge in Japan. Living space is limited and the rules about keeping pets are very strict. But the Japanese wouldn't be the Japanese if they hadn't found a very interesting solution to that problem. I present to you: The Cat Café. Cat cafés are places where one can go... Continue Reading →

Poor Nyan Cat

Never have I seen tamer cats than during my stay in Japan. I have seen Japanese cats submissively undergo treatments that would have sent any Belgian cat into a hissing, clawing and biting frenzy. You can imagine my surprise when I came across the following scene in a shopping street in Okinawa: How often do... Continue Reading →

Kaomoji or Japanese emoticons

One of the things that fascinate me about Japan, is the fact that they mostly have the same stuff we do, but in a different version. It makes you realize how many different ways there are of doing the same thing. A very good example is the way Japanese people use emoticons. For the more... Continue Reading →

Japan’s most famous cat

I once heard somewhere that 80% of all content on the internet is porn. But surely that can't be true. If you ask me, 80% of all content on the internet consists of funny cat pictures. The most famous website with funny cat pictures is 'I can has cheezburger'. It features pictures of cats with... Continue Reading →

The mask

A typical image that Westerners have of Japan, is a subway car filled with business men and school girls, all wearing white surgical masks. In the West it is considered a bit suspicious to cover your face in public. Masks are usually reserved for bank robbers and superheroes. We think that those Japanese people with... Continue Reading →

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