Edo Cat Café: Enjoy the World of Ukiyo-e and Cats at Edo Neko Chaya
09.June.2018 | SPOT
Edo Neko Chaya is a new Edo-style cat café opening in Tokyo on June 15 for a limited period where you can enjoy the world of ukiyo-e while playing with real cats.
The concept behind this event is: “A rumour between the residents of an Edo ‘nagaya’ and cats. Travellers from across the country catch sound of the rumour and come to get a glimpse.”
The nagaya was a type of living quarters in the Edo period made like a row of houses. The cat café building is made to look like one of these. Ukiyo-e paintings and models will decorate inside and bring to life the street and atmosphere of the Edo period. There will be several zones inside building, including the cat tea room, cat ‘red light district,’ cat bath, cat nagaya, and cat plaza. Each area will be furnished with ukiyo-e that fit the scene, bringing to life the world of Edo. You’ll have the chance to learn about the deep relationship between the people of Edo and cats through the commentaries of each ukiyo-e piece.
The majority of the cats at Edo Neko Chaya are rescue cats. The number of rescue cats remains high as a result of the country’s record breaking cat boom. To raise awareness of this issue, part of the proceedings made at the café will go towards support funds tackling the issue of stray cats.
A range of original merchandise will also be sold including t-shirts, cushions, purses, book covers, phone cases, towels, hand towels, clear files, tatami coasters, stickers and more. Artists fond of cats have also agreed to support tackling the issue of homeless cats by selling limited-edition ema plaques.
But it doesn’t stop there. There will also be a chance to enjoy Edo’s food culture at -Ryogoku- Edo NOREN, join in a campaign being held in collaboration with Sumida Hokusai Museum, and more.
Immerse yourself in the world of Edo and cats at the Edo Cat Café!
Kyoto Neko Neko: Cat Shaped Desserts and Pastries Served at Kyoto’s New Bakery
02.June.2020 | FOOD
ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, opened its new bakery and confectionery shop Kyoto Neko Neko in Shijo, Kyoto on June 1, 2020. There, they are serving cat-shaped pastries and desserts including Kyoto-exclusive products from their Neko Neko Bread brand and Neko Neko Cheesecake shop.
Kyoto Neko Neko Danish Bread: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This butter-loaded Danish pastry is folded into a braid shape and baked which keeps the pastry moist. It’s topped with a sprinkling of sugar, leaving it glistening. It’s recommended that you first try the pastry as it is—soft and moist. You can then try lighting toasting it which gives it a crispy texture and brings out the delicious aroma of the butter.
Products are packaged in a cute box making them a great gift idea.
Kyoto Neko Neko Cheesecake (On sale from mid-June 2020)
This cheesecake is made with Brie de Meaux cheese and is laced with black cocoa. The luxurious cheese combined with black soy beans and brown sugar syrup jelly makes for a marriage between Japanese and Western flavours. You get an extra layer of deliciousness too with a dusting of soy flour.
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Plain): ¥550 (Before Tax)
This Kyoto version of the Neko Neko Bread is still made without water, but rather than using only milk, Kyoto Neko Neko has added soy milk made using soy beans from a tofu shop in Kyoto, lending a smooth and rich flavour to the bread. And instead of mascarpone cheese, Kyoto Neko Neko uses soybean cream, and instead of dairy butter a soy cream butter.
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Houjicha): ¥680 (Before Tax)
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Matcha): ¥680 (Before Tax)
There’s also a houjicha flavour made with houjicha tea and white chocolate, as well as a matcha flacvour combined with black soybean.
Kyoto Neko Neko Shioji
Address: 578 Obiyamachi, Tachiuri Nakanocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Grand Opening: June 1, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:30-18:00
No Fixed Holidays (Closed: New Year’s Holidays)
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp/
Buy These Face Masks and Help Save Japan’s Cats in the Process
08.May.2020 | FASHION
Neco Republic launched online pre-orders of its new face masks, called “SAVE THE CAT MASK,” via its website on May 6, 2020. Neco Republic is a company who pours efforts into helping save cats in Japan; they manage various businesses including the cat cafe Neco Republic which takes in rescue cats, NECOREPA/ which sells a variety of products and items with all proceeds going towards their efforts to taking in stray cats, Neco Ichi Neco Za which is a rescue cat event held in Japan, and more.
The “SAVE THE CAT MASK” series was launched for cat lovers and as a way to help cats in the process. The previous batch of these masks sold out in just two days.
High quality materials and skilful sewing, all made in Japan
SAVE THE CAT MASK – ¥1,980 for one / ¥9,900 for five
The masks are made from high quality natural cotton with all manufacturing carried out in Japan. They are sewed using a Japanese sewing method known as ayaori which ensures elasticity and makes it harder for the masks to wrinkle. The masks can also be washed repeatedly. Maintaining hygiene is of utmost important when it comes to face masks, and so these face masks are made so you can hand wash them lightly with detergent as well as put them in a net before putting them in the washing machine.
The masks are all sewn in Gifu Prefecture which is where Neco Republic is based.
Cute designs inspired by cats
There are five design variations of the masks each inspired by a different cat breed including calico, Russian Blue, tuxedo, white, and black. They are also shaped subtly like a cat which most likely won’t be noticed by other people meaning you can express you love of cats secretly.
Save cats during the process
The masks aren’t only for us humansーthey benefit our cats too. All proceeds from the masks will go towards Neco Republic’s rescue cat cafe as well as be used for the company’s efforts for helping rescue cats.
Neco Republic’s SAVE THE CAT MASK
Tadanori Yokoo Releases Art Book Collection of His Late Beloved Cat Tama
04.April.2020 | FASHION
Since his cat Tama passed away in 2014, Japanese graphic designer and illustrator Tadanori Yokoo has drawn 91 pieces of his beloved feline companion. Those pieces have been compiled into a new art book entitled Tama, Kaetteoide (“Come Home, Tama”).
Tama was a famous cat amongst fans of Tadanori Yokoo, who would feature him on his Twitter page and blog from time to time. Yokoo’s love for Tama was also well-known amongst his followers. Tama was a stray cat and appeared in Yokoo’s garden. In the 15 years Yokoo took care of him, Tama’s affection warmed the hearts of both the artist and his family of fans.
The 91 pieces that Yokoo created of Tama since his passing were originally never going to be seen by anyone. But this year, on the seventh anniversary of Tama’s death, Yokoo has decided to publish them.
Tama, Kaetteoide – ¥2,200 (Before Tax)
The collection features not only art pieces, but diary and written entries too that Yokoo occasionally wrote about Tama. Yokoo’s Twitter page become a diary for the artist, where he expressed his sadness and loneliness after losing his cat, which has received much attention with his followers. The book includes the diary entries from when Tama was alive to his death and up to 2018.
When Yokoo met with Yoko Ono, he said of his work, “I didn’t draw this as artーI drew it as a love letter to my cat,” to which she responded, “And that’s exactly why it’s art.” I too believe that if a piece of art moves a person’s heart, then that in itself makes it art. Featured in this book are many of Yokoo’s diary and written entries about his beloved Tama. But it also begs the question to people what is love, what is life, and what is death? It’s a treasured illustrated collection for people, and above all one you can’t help adoring. I believe this book will add something to the lives of every art fan, of every cat lover, and every person who kindly buys themselves a copy.”
An exhibition showcasing all of the illustrations in the book is set to take place at Nishimura Gallery in the near future. The exhibition has been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, but you can check the gallery’s official website for when the event will next be rescheduled.
Cat-Shaped Bread Shop Neko Neko Shokupan Re-Releases Neko Neko Packs Due to High Demand
23.March.2020 | FOOD
Due to high demand from customersーselling out their previous limited stock in February in this yearーNeko Neko Shokupan re-released its popular “Neko Neko Packs” once more on March 20, again with limited stock.
What’s inside the Neko Neko Pack?
Neko Neko Pack A & B – ¥1,000 Each (Before Tax) / Available: From March 20, 2020 while supplies last
Neko Neko Pack is available in two versions, A and B. Both contain one piece of cat-shaped bread, jam, and an original folder.
The texture of the jams differ between both versions: ‘A’ is smooth sweet bean paste while ‘B’ is mashed sweet bean paste. The specific bread that is included in the pack is not sold separatelyーyou need to buy yourself a full Neko Neko Pack.
Quality flavour guaranteed at Neko Neko Shokupan
The shop’s “shokupan,” a style of bread loaf, is made with 100% milk, giving it rich and milky flavour and moist, chewy flavour. No water is used for baking this bread, only milk, which is sourced from Hokkaido. It also contains honey, fresh cream, and butter to give it a sweet, melt-in-the-mouth taste.
Their cute arrangements of the bread are super popular
Kids and adults alike can enjoy eating at Neko Neko Shokupan with the many variations the bread can be served in, like face decorations with a chocolate pen. You can see lots of different original arrangements on Japanese social media like Instagram.
Neko Neko Shokupan’s kawaii, high-quality bread is a must-try, so be sure to visit your closest branch when visiting Japan.
Neko Neko Pack
Release Date: March 20, 2020 (while supplies last)
Available: Most Neko Neko Shokupan branches in Japan
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp/
Capy Neko Cafe: Japan’s First Cat and Capybara Cafe Opens in Tokyo
24.January.2020 | FOOD
Capy Neko Cafe is the newest animal cafe to hit Tokyo. Located in the neighbourhood of Kichijoji, right by the station, customers are able to interact with both cats and capybara at the same time.
Japan is famous for its host of animal cafes, from the ubiquitous cat cafes to more unique ones like the owl cafe. But Capy Neko Cafe stands out from the rest as being the first cafe in Japan to combine cats and capybara.
You might wonder whether it’s actually safe to pet a capybara. They may be the largest rodent in the world, but they in fact loved to be pet by people. They are gentle creatures that get on with and can live alongside cats. At the cafe, you can take photos of the capybara who are sure to be chilling on the sofas as well as feed them. The comfy environment also means that they’ll feel like your very own pet capybara at home.
Tawashi is a sensitive, affectionate, and gentle guy. He loves snacks, and he’s sure to flop down if you start petting him on the butt. Part of his daily routine is having an afternoon nap on the sofa together with the cats.
The vice store manager of Capy Neko Cafe. He adores humans. He’s the kind of guy who’ll probably jump up onto you if you cover your lap with a blanket and sit on the sofa.
Another member with a soft spot for humans, Emma is reserved kitty who lets everybody eat their food first. She’s a needy and spoiled girlーif she’s on your lap, you’re not getting up. She’s siblings with Dan.
Cream is everybody’s idol. He’s unapologetically spoiled and a handsome guy with perfectly round black pupils.
This list is just a small taste of the many cute residents to meet at Capy Neko Cafe. The cafe is also active in finding families for their rescued cats. The number of people who want to own a cat in Japan are looking to rescues now instead of pet shops. At Capy Neko Cafe, you get the best of both worlds: you can meet and interact with a cat and see if they’re a good match for you.
If you’re interested in visiting Capy Neko Cafe, keep in mind that priority goes to those who have booked in advance. This can be done via their official website, so book first and look forward to kicking back and enjoying a cup of tea, coffee or soft drink before interacting with the cats and capybara!
Capy Neko Cafe
Address: PLATANO Floor 2F, 1-5-10 Kichijōji Minamichō, Musashino, Tokyo
Business Hours: 12:00-18:00
Official Website: https://capyneko.cafe/
Tokyo’s Revolutionary Buena Àrte Hostel to Open in Ryōgoku Area On September 14
Buena Àrte Hostel is a revolutionary new hostel set to open in the Ryōgoku area of Tokyo on September 14, 2019.
In response to the increase in the number of foreigners staying in Tokyo, and especially in anticipation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics－when numbers are expected to skyrocket－Japan’s capital is well underway in developing more accessible accommodation options for foreign travellers, from hotels to hostels.
Hostels in particular are a huge focus for the city, and so more and more of them are opening. Catered to younger people and travellers, hostels are a much cheaper accommodation option when compared to hotels, and thus are likely to increase the number of days in which people will stay.
However, what is considered much more valuable for foreign travellers is the level of comfort, cleanliness, and safety. Buena Àrte Hostel is all of these and more, meaning even somebody travelling on their own can feel safe and secure. With over 200 pieces of art adorning its walls, it is the world’s first art-centred capsule hotel, focusing on “fun, comfort, and encounters.”
The hostel has collaborated with globally-active artists and up-and-coming illustrators to bring their art to the walls of the communal spaces, restaurant, and even bedrooms. A lot of the pieces you can buy too.
Found in over 160 of the bedrooms are illustrations drawn by artists who want to convey the fun and excitement of travel. These illustrations are exclusive as they were drawn for the hostel and so there is only one of each in the world. There are around 60 rooms without illustrations yet, so the hostel is asking for submissions. If your illustration is picked, the hostel will offer you a free night with breakfast and dinner as thanks. You can find more details on the official website.
Buena Àrte Hostel has its own cafe and restaurant on the first floor, the Buena Cafe & Dining Bar, where guests including foreign tourists can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine. The “Washoku Plate” is a meal set aimed at those arriving from overseas so they can enjoy a filling portion of Japanese-style cuisine. It includes everything from sukiyaki to tempura, kushikutsu, and more. It also includes Japanese sake. The bar sells other drinks too including wine, whisky and highball.
The closest station to Buena Àrte Hostel is Ryōgoku Station. Ryōgoku is a district of Tokyo filled with Japanese tradition. It is home to Ryōgoku Kokugikan, which is considered the holy ground of sumo wrestling, as well as the Sumida Hokusai Museum which houses works by the famous ukiyo-e painter Hokusai, the Japanese Sword Museum, the traditional Japanese garden Former Yasuda Garden, the Edo-Tokyo Museum－the list goes on. And all of these places and more are within 10-minutes’ walking distance from Buena Àrte Hostel.
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Buena Àrte Hostel
Address: 2-9-11 Yokoami, Sumida, Tokyo
Grand Opening: Buena Arte Hostel – September 14, 2019 / Buena Cafe & Dining Bar – September 20, 2019
Opening Hours: Breakfast 7:00-10:00 / Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Afternoon Tea 15:00-17:00 / Dinner 17:00-23:00
Access: 6-minutes on foot from Ryōgoku Station’s JR Line Building West Exit / 5-minutes on foot from Ryōgoku Station’s Toei Ōedo Line Building A1 Exit
Official Website: http://buenaarte.com/
*No car park
*Children aged 6 years and under not permitted; those aged 6+ must share a room with parents or guardians and are charged the same price as adults
GOODGLAS double-walled animal-themed glasses at Tokyu Department store!
27.May.2019 | FASHION
Double-walled glass pioneer GOODGLAS will be selling cute animal-themed glasses at four Tokyu Department stores for a limited time only starting from 30th May 2019. The four limited stores are Shibuya main store, Shibuya station Toyoko store, Kichijoji store and Tama Plaza Kanagawa store.
Bear: ¥3,200 + tax
Labrador: ¥3,200 + tax
The double-walled glasses will come in the following designs: Dog, cat, duck, bear, labrador, wild boar, grape, and cherry blossom.
Shiba Inu dog: ¥3,200 + tax
Bunny: 3,500 + tax
Cat: ¥3,500 + tax
From 8th June, more mug designs will be added to the series shown above! The Shiba Inu dog mug, which was fully sold out soon after it was launched for sale back in April, is making a comeback! There will also be two more brand new designs: the bunny and the cat! The Shiba Inu, bunny and cat mugs will be sold at Tokyu Department store in advance. They will be available for general sale from 14th June.
You won’t be able to stop drinking from these cute mugs so get your hands on some!
Release date: 30/05/2019
Available at:Four Tokyu Department stores
Tokyu Department store Shibuya main store (6th floor) Kitchen/ tableware section
(2 Chome-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya City,)
Tokyu Department store Shibuya station, Toyoko store (Minamikan 8th floor) Kitchen/ tableware section
(2 Chome-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya)
Tokyu Department store Kichijoji (6th floor) Kitchen/ tableware section
(2 Chome-3-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo)
Tokyu Department store Tama Plaza (4th floor) Japanese/western-style tableware section
(1 Chome-7 Utsukushigaoka, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa)
For more information on GOODGLAS double-walled glasses, please check GOODGLAS JAPAN’s website: https://www.r-kj.com/
The Adorable Peach Coloured Cat Themed Set With Red Bean Paste Bread
21.February.2019 | FOOD
The Bakery Blue Jean cafe and bakery at Hotel New Hankyu Osaka has revealed a special cat themed set of items that will go on sale from February 21 for four days only. The set is arriving in time for Cat Day in Japan on February 22.
The set comes with a pre-release of the new cherry blossom flavoured red bean paste cat bread arriving at the cafe in March. It also comes with cherry blossom flavoured cat paws, macarons, cookies and more including a pink Blue Jean cat plate. This will be available on Cat Day.
Be sure to get your paws on this set quickly as they sold out in 4 hours last year!
Momoiro Neko Set
Running: February 21, 2019 – February 24, 2019
*30 to be sold on weekdays and 60 on the weekend
Price: 1 set – ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Location: Bakery Blue Jean, Hotel New Hankyu Osaka Floor B1F (1-1-35 Shibata, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00
Squidgy Cat Paw Phone Cases Released by Felissimo Neko-bu
17.February.2019 | FASHION
Felissimo Neko-bu™ recently released a new line of cute cat paw phone cases so squidgy and fluffy you’ll want to poke them every time you pick up your phone.
Made almost as real as the real thing, these 3D phone case designs also come with an adhesive sheet to stick your phone to so you can just pop it right in there.
While in place your phone can slide up and down making for a smooth transition to photo mode. They didn’t forget the handy card pocket either to keep those important cards safe.
There are three designs to choose from and can add even more relaxation to your phone break.
As always with Felissimo Neko-bu products, part of the price of these phone cases. goes towards numerous causes including shelter for animals with no owners and for helping find them owners, as well as aiding towards getting stray cats off the street to avoid overpopulation, and for protecting animals during times of disaster.
Cat Paw Phone Cases
Released: January 29, 2019
Price: ¥2,909 (1 design per month)
→¥81 of the money will go towards the “Felissimo Cat Foundation”. (The money donated is tax exempt)
・1 design will be sold per month from the date of release. Once each has been sold sales will stop.
Product Page: https://feli.jp/s/pr19021302/2/
Sumo, Sake & Other Events to Celebrate Ryogoku Edo Noren’s 2nd Anniversary
21.November.2018 | SPOT
Ryogoku Edo Noren will have been open for 2 years on November 25, 2018. To celebrate, the restaurant and shopping complex will host a series of events over the course of three days.
The establishment is a restoration of the former Ryogoku Station building that was built in 1929. It was renovated and re-opened in November 2016 as a place for people to enjoy Edo-style cuisine.
To celebrate turning two-years-old, a range of events will take place at Noren from November 23 to 25 including sumo performances, as well as special discounts on the best sake at each restaurant inside. Select restaurants are also holding an all-you-can-drink service.
Join the celebrations and enjoy Edo culture at Ryogoku Edo Noren.
Ryogoku Edo Noren
Address: 1-3-20 Yokoami, Sumida Ward, Tokyo (directly connected to JR Ryogoku Station’s west exit)
Opening Hours: 10:00-23:30 (business hours differ at each shop/restaurant)
Official Website: http://www.jrtk.jp/edonoren/
Gel-Type False Cat Nails Released by Felissimo Neko-bu™
05.November.2018 | FASHION
Felissimo Neko-bu™ released their new ‘Cat Nail Seals’ on their website on October 22.
The nails come with a thick and glossy transparent gel that you simply apply to stick the nails on which also give them three-dimensionality. They are perfect for people who are in a rush, want to make their nails stylish but aren’t sure how, those who don’t have time to go to a nail salon, and those who have an interest in nail art but it troublesome.
There are 4 designs to choose from.
Cat & Constellations: A girly colour combination of pink and white.
Cat Emblem: A good choice to match light skin tones with luxurious pink beige and greys. Also great for parties.
Cat and Cat Powder: A flowery design of the cat powder plant. Perfect for when you need to look flashy.
Cat Dots: A mix of greyish mint and brown to create a mildly cool look.
These high quality nail ‘seals’ have been carefully designed so they can be applied to a variety of nail shapes. They are made in such a way that it is difficult to end up with creases and wrinkles in the seals so you can apply them effortlessly. If you add a top coat of gel they’ll be even longer-lasting.
Each order comes with a set of two so you can make both hands symmetrical or asymmetrical. There are so many combinations you can make even with the same set. The cat motifs and vibrant colours are ideal for a whole range of settings, whether it’s an everyday look or you’re off to a party. They’re sure to be noticed and crop up in conversation when gathered around people. They also make for a perfect gift for cat lovers.
As always with Felissimo Neko-bu products, part of the price of these false nails goes towards numerous causes including shelter for animals with no owners and for helping find them owners, as well as aiding towards getting stray cats off the street to avoid overpopulation, and for protecting animals during times of disaster.
Show off your inner feline with these new nails from Felissimo Nekobu♪
Pukkuri Gel Style Cat Nail Seals
Price: ¥1,200 (+8% ¥1,293)
→¥36 of the money will go towards the “Felissimo Cat Foundation”. (The money donated is tax exempt)
・Set: 2 nail seal sheets (enough for both hands)
*The number of times they can be used depends on nail size.
・Size: Large Seals – 1.4cm x 1.3cm / Small Seals – 0.8cm x 0.6cm
*May not be applicable with certain nail shapes. Cannot be returned after use.
*Please cease use after 5 days of use.
・1 of 4 designs shipped per month in rotation.
(Made in Japan)
Purple-Coloured Halloween Cat Bread Set Pouncing on Blue Jean Bakery in Osaka
For a limited time only, the Blue Jean cafe and bakery located in Hotel New Hankyu Osaka will sell its new ‘Iro Neko Halloween Set’ for 7 days from October 25.
Blue Jean has taken its popular cat bread, mixed it with more ingredients to make it even more delicious and made it purple. The set itself comes with the bread and some Halloween merch and goodies.
Iro Neko Halloween Set
The bread is grape flavoured and is mixed with dried cranberries and raisins. It comes decorated with bat and witch hat shaped sablé shortbread cookies. The set also includes pumpkin flavoured cat paw and financier baked desserts. It also comes with a cute blanket which will be very useful for the coming cold season.
Iro Neko Halloween Set
Running: October 25, 2018 – October 31, 2018
*30 available per day on weekdays / 60 available per day on weekends
Price: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Available: Blue Jean Cafe & Bakery on floor B1F of Hotel New Hankyu Osaka
Selling Time: 8:00-22:00