The most beloved animal in Japan would be cats
(called Neko in Japan). They're not only super-cute but also easygoing, playful and independent. Plus, always free to sleep. That's why Japanese people, who are over-stressed and want a free lifestyle, adore them so much! (er, I don't actually know why...)
Anyway, it's true that cats have long been loved by people of the country. They've been portrayed in hundreds of Japanese ukiyo-e artworks since the Edo period, and one of the best Japanese novelists Soseki Natsume wrote the famous I Am a Cat.
In the Japanese modern pop culture, Hello Kitty and Doraemon are both cat-inspired characters though they are not actually cats (Fun Fact: Hello Kitty is a human British girl!), and there are many other feline characters in famous animes, like Nyanko Sensei from Natsume Yujincho and Meowth from Pokemon.
And what's more, there's Neko-cafe, Neko-Jima and much more to talk about when it comes to how much Japanese have loved cats, but let's jump to today's topic: Check out these Top 12 cat-lover goods from the country obsessed with the endearing, cuddly feline. If you're a cat lover, you'd love them all! If you're not, we're sure you'll find something appealing to you on our list!
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Moleskine notebook Limited Edition beckoning cat
Cute cat pattern masking tape
Let's start our list with something everyone loves: stationery! From pencils through notebooks to masking tapes and even scissors, Japanese stationery is full of joy! As a cat lover myself, I'd love to have one of that Maneki-Neko motif MOLESKINE notebooks :)
Cats glass pendulum clock
Cat wall pendulum clock
Clocks are another popular category among cat-inspired products. The cats on your clock will always be at your home and spend time with you.
"Good fortune" happy yellow cat
Nishiki-aya Chirimen oval gold coin beckoning cat
Maneki-neko is a traditional Japanese symbol of luck. They bring you good fortune with the gesture of beckoning (not waving) their hand, which is typically called Maneki in Japanese. Get one and stay lucky!
Minisoju cocoa cat plushy
Hello Kitty Japanese kimono doll
If you're a fan of a feline character from an anime, such as Hello Kitty and Nyanko-sensei, plushies are something you cannot miss. A lot of famous characters are available as plushies! Of course, you can also find a bunch of other cute plushies.
Cat's paw-pad socks
Japan has lots of fabulous socks! Though they are just part of daily clothing, cat motif socks will give you the joy to look a little like your favorite animal.
Paw pad mug
Skater Mug-koppu Kiki's Delivery Service Gerbera
Cats look very good on a cup! Those cups are amusing to watch and great to use. They can also make a pleasing gift for someone!
Chopsticks and Bento Lunch Boxes
OSK Chat noir et blanc lunch box set
Cat chopstick rest
If you'd like to snap out of the habit of having fast food for lunch on your work days, this cute bento boxes will help you.
The item on the right is a chopstick rest. It's just for fun and a little ease of using chopsticks but will add a sense of humor to your dining table.
Kat cat Keychain
Necodon dozing cat keychain
If you've ever come over to Japan, you may know that keychains are sold in almost every corner of sightseeing spots and streets. As well as fake food, these cat key chains are very popular and typical.
Kuro-chiku imadoki cat gamaguchi
Gamaguchi is Japanese purses with a metal frame. It's easy to open and close and keeps things safe. A cat gamaguchi would be great as your daily pouch and also as a souvenir.
And these below are more of the popular cat-motif products!
Greeting Life 2018 cat calender
Iwago Mitsuaki cats in Kyoto calendar
Mischief BANK amesho cat
Nishiki-aya daifuku beckoning cat piggy bank
Noah family Jean towel handkerchief R
Friends Hill face towel Miyake-san desu
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