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
Cat Illustration Series mofusand Inspires Themed Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka
Popular on LINE and other texting apps and illustrated by Jyuuno, mofusand is a curious collection of cute and slightly surreal cats. As with most things that go viral in Japan, these adorable characters will be featured in a themed cafe for a limited time! The Tokyo location will open on May 19 and the Osaka location will welcome visitors starting May 26, 2022.
Cafe Visitor Bonus: Sticker (6 varieties)
Drink Order Bonus: Coaster (6 varieties)
Fried Shrimp Sandwich Plate
Grilled Vegetable Curry
Salmon Mentaiko Cream Pasta
Black Cat Pancake
Nyan Lime Nata de Coco
Green Nyanko Float / Yello Nyanko Float / Blue Nyanko Float
Nyanko Cafe Latte / Nyanko Milk Tea
All menu items draw inspiration from the many mofusand characters and are perfect for posting on social media! Special bonuses will be given to those visiting the cafe and making select purchases, and a merchandise corner will be selling limited-edition goods featuring new artwork!
BOX cafe&space Shinjuku Mylord #2
May 19 – July 10, 2022
Shinjuku Mylord 7F (1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi
May 26 – June 19, 2022
Shinsaibashi Opa 9F (1-4-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Reservations / Official Site: https://mofusand-cafe.jp
mofusand cafe Official Twitter: @mofusand_cafe
Sweets Shop Patisserie Pinede Offering Cat-Shaped Strawberry Mille-feuille
19.March.2022 | FOOD
The sweets shop Patisserie Pinede will be offering the Yummy Kitty Cat Mille-feuille from March 18 until March 22, 2022!
The store holds a special ‘Meow Meow’ event on the 22nd of each month. In Japanese, the word for two, ni, sounds similar to nyan, the Japanese word for meow.
The event means tons of cat-themed sweets and decorations, including a tasty strawberry mille-feuille. This includes layers of puff pastry, cream, icing, and plenty of fruit.
While it’s hard to cut into something so cute, the sweet and sour taste is the perfect way to enjoy this meow-gical holiday!
Yummy Kitty Cat Mille-feuille
Available: March 18 – March 22, 2022
Location: Patisserie Pinede
Official Site: https://pinede.co.jp
Disney Cats & Dogs Exhibition to be Held at Mitsukoshi Gallery in Fukuoka
Mitsukoshi Fukuoka has opened a new exhibition dedicated to the many lovable dogs and cats found in Disney films! The event is taking place at the Mitsukoshi Gallery on the 9th floor until March 27, 2022.
The Disney film Bambi aimed to take on the difficult task of portraying animals realistically. Animals were kept in the studio and artists studied their movements and expressions while creating the film. Audiences were stunned, and since that point, more and more beloved animals have appeared in Disney films. The Disney Cats & Dogs exhibition will also show the evolution and innovation of Disney’s animal animation and the history of the trial and error process in bringing them to life.
Lady and the Tramp
The lineup will include Mickey’s sidekick Pluto, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, The Arisocats, and more. Figaro from Pinocchio, Lucifer from Cinderella, the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, and Mochi from Big Hero 6 will also be appearing!
The exhibition will feature over 300 digitized works of rare art along with dioramas and more materials related to the creation of Disney films. Fans shouldn’t miss this opportunity to see these behind-the-scenes items!
Disney Cats & Dogs Exhibition
Running: March 9 – March 27, 2022
Hours: 10:00 – 20:00 (Closing at 18:00 on March 27 / Admission permitted until 1 hour prior to closing)
Location: Mitsukoshi Fukuoka 9F ‘Mitsukoshi Gallery’
Japanese Sweets Brand Tohouen Offers Cherry Blossom & Cat-Inspired Spring Manju
09.March.2022 | FOOD
Tohouen, a Japanese confectionary maker in Gifu Prefecture, has begun selling a springtime version of its popular cat-inspired manju. Inspired by the many cats that like to stroll around the shop’s headquarters, the new release includes cherry blossom-colored cat paws.
A traditional sweet in Japan, Manju is made from flour, rice powder, and buckwheat, with a tasty sugar and anko (red bean paste) filling.
Do you think these are too cute to eat?
Cherry Blossom Cat
Release Date: March 2, 2022
Where to Buy: Tohouen Stores, Tohouen Online Shop
Kanahe’s ‘Ne-Ne-Neko’ to Play a Leading Role in Limited Time Event
01.March.2022 | FASHION
A number of Kiddyland stores, including those in Harajuku and Osaka Umeda, will hold a limited-time event featuring Kanahei’s popular character Ne-Ne-Neko from February 19 until March 27, 2022.
Kittyland Exclusive Goods
This will be the first time the event has been held in two years, and fans of the adorable characters can pick up some limited-time merch! Fan-favorites Piske and Usagi will make appearances as well.
©kanahei / TXCOM
Kanahei’s Relaxing Cat Festival Fair
Running: February 19 – March 27, 2022
Kanahei Store, Osaka Umeda
Kiddyland Harajuku, Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Kami-Otai Store, Shijo Kawaramachi, Fukuoka PARCO, TV Tokyo Shop
Felissimo Nekobu Teams Up with Akihabara Nagomido for Limited Time Cat-themed Cafe
Romantic Taisho-style cafe Akihabara Nagomido and Felissimo’s Nekobe, a company that loves all things to do with cats, are teaming up for a collaboration cafe! Open until March 20, guests will be greeted at the door by an original cat illustration by Arisa Shimoda, a popular illustrator for Nekobe. Enjoy a special photo spot and a collaboration coffee shop menu complete with cat-themed dishes. Exclusive merchandise will be on sale at the goods corner and online, and 1% of all proceeds will be donated to a charity finding forever homes for cats and dogs.
Swordfish Tuna Steak Cutlet
Hide and Seek with Fluffy Cream! Mini Cat Parfait
Flying Fish?! Kitty Soda
Cafe Latte with Cat Design
Yoshino-chan’s Anmitsu with Marshmallows
Akihabara Nagomido Limited-Edition Collaboration Merchandise
Sweets in Tin
Yoshino-chan, a tortoiseshell cat wearing a lovely kimono against a backdrop of Taisho-era stained glass, was created by Arisa Shimoda, a well-known illustrator.
Which of these dishes would you order?
Akihabara Nagomido x Nekobu Parlor
Running until March 20, 2022
Open 24 Hours
Food Available from 11:00 – 20:00 (Last Food Order at 19:00 / Last Drink Order at 19:30) *Seating limited to 90 minutes when busy.
Address: Akihabara Nagomido, Sakai Suehiro Building B1F (6-14-2, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://nagomi-cafe.com/
Kiddy Land Releases New Series of Disney Cat Merchandise
20.February.2022 | FASHION
Kiddy Land will start selling a new series of Disney cat-themed merchandise! These will be on sale at 10 Disney Avenue locations nationwide and 17 Kiddy Land locations starting February 19, 2022.
Every year in Japan, February 22 is ‘Cat Day.’ This makes this month the perfect time for a cat collaboration, and fans of Gideon from Pinocchio, Lucifer from Cinderella, and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland are in for a treat!
Which Disney cat is your favorite?
Kiddy Land x Disney
Release Date: February 19, 2022
NECOREPA Releases ‘Save the Cat Bag’ to Support Cats in Shelters
10.January.2022 | FASHION
Preorders are now open for NECOREPA’s new ‘POCKET NECO BASKET.’ All proceeds will go towards saving the lives of shelter cats and will be used to support shelter activities.
Polka Dot Calico
The NECO BASKET series has been very popular, and cat lovers have been eager to support this good cause. Over 3,000 bags have been sold to date. This is the only bag in the world made by cat lovers, for cat lovers, and for cats.
Each bag is made of thick genuine leather carefully sewn together by a Japanese craftsman. With such a sturdy design, these are perfect as a fashion accessory and for daily use!
Hot-Pot Party-Themed Gorogoro Nyansuke Cafe Opens in Ikebukuro
Gorogoro Nyansuke, a popular character featured on LINE stickers, will get his own cafe in Ikebukuro for a limited time! The nabe (hot-pot) party-themed location will be open from December 2, 2021 until January 23, 2022. In Japan, it’s popular to enjoy nabe with friends and family during the winter months to warm up!
Refreshing Lemon Nabe
Soy Milk Nabe
Black Sesame Parfait
Dorayaki Pancakes with Japanese Sweets
Red Bean Paste Covered in Snow
Warm and Cozy Kotatsu Cake
Nyansuke Float (Melon Soda)
Nyansuke Float (Anzu Soda)
Nyansuke Float (Roasted Green Tea and Milk)
Cafe Latte: ¥660 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keychain (Random, 10 varieties)
A4-size Clear Folder (Set of 2)
The adorable kitty-cat has become popular on LINE and social media and was designed by Tsumugi Murasato. Her first manga was published in October 2020 with merchandise following, and she has become more and more popular since!
© MIND WAVE INC. / GORO GORO Nyansuke ®
Gorogoro Nyansuke Cafe
Running: December 2, 2021 – January 23, 2022 *Closed from December 30 – January 4
Location: BOX cafe&space Ikebukuro (1-22-8 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/goronyan_cafe
Reservations/Official Site: http://gorogoronyansuke-cafe.jp/
Neko Neko Shokupan Releases Online-Only Limited Edition Halloween Set
07.October.2021 | FOOD
Neko Neko Shokupan have announced that between October 1 and October 22, a limited edition “Dark Halloween” Neko Neko Shokupan Halloween and special set will be available on the official ALL HEARTS MALL webshop. The Nyanchee cheesecake from sister brand Neko Neko Cheesecake will also be included in the new set. Why not spend your Halloween with these tasty treats?
Online-Only Flavor: Neko Neko Shokupan Dark Halloween
Neko Neko Shokupan ~Halloween~
Neko Neko Shokupan Dark Halloween & Nyanchee Set
Neko Neko Shokupan Galloween & Nyanchee Set
Neko Neko Shokupan Two Types & Nyanchee Halloween Set
Neko Neko Shokupan Three Types & Nyanchee Halloween Set
The Neko Neko Shokupan Dark Halloween variation is baked from a cherry flavored dough and filled with cream, raisins, and chocolate chips. The subtle cherry taste is combined with rich and creamy whole milk to create an all-new flavor. A bitter black cocoa has been mixed in to add a slightly mature taste to the recipe. This slightly dark Neko Neko Shokupan can only be enjoyed this Halloween!
The special Halloween flavored Neko Neko Shokupan ~Halloween~ will be sold for the first time in two years in stores nationwide. The catchy Halloween-inspired design is baked using a pumpkin and black cocoa flavored dough, filled with raisins and dark chocolate. While the Shokupan is made using black cocoa, bitterness is reduced by the whole milk cream used in most Neko Neko Shokupan products, resulting in a sweet and milky flavor. Don’t forget, the desserts look great in photos too!
The Nyanchee is a cheesecake that has been baked at a high temperature to produce a dark brown, Basque finish. For this season, both a plain and Autumnal “Pumpkin” set will be released. The seasonal pumpkin Nyanchee has been made using a pumpkin purée for a rich, Fall flavor. The subtly sweet pumpkin and soft cheese will resonate with your tastebuds!
‘Disney Cats & Dogs Exhibition’ at Matsuya Ginza Reveals the Secrets of Disney’s Animal Productions
While ‘animals’ are one of Disney’s forever-themes, ‘dogs and cats’ are special amongst them for being like family to us humans. The upcoming ‘Disney Cats & Dogs Exhibition,’ held at Event Square on the 8th floor of Matsuya Ginza between December 1 and December 25, explores the charms of Disney’s beloved pets.
Mickey & Friends Pluto
Lady and the Tramp
The movie ‘Bambi’ was an opportunity for Disney to challenge the tough task of “animals expressing themselves, while maintaining a realistic drawing style.” The crew invited animals into the studio, studying their anatomy and muscles to ensure a sense of realism. The characters were successfully drawn in an expressive way which captivated audiences, leading Disney to produce a large number of animal animations throughout its history. The exhibition will introduce visitors to the evolution and innovation of Disney’s animal animation, along with the trial and error that it took to successfully draw animals expressing their feelings. The event is full of iconic Disney animals such as Pluto, the 101 Dalmations, Lady and the Tramp, and The Aristocats – It’s almost as if you’ve fallen straight into a Disney movie!
The exhibition will showcase a wide collection of over 300 digital and archived works, provided by the Animation Research Library, which hosts, digitizes, and archives everything related to Disney animation. Pieces that could be damaged if removed from storage, such as original watercolor paintings and pastel illustrations, are digitized and exhibited for the world to enjoy in a scale much larger than the original, allowing guests to see the details in each piece of art. This unique digital aspect is one of the highlights of the exhibition.
You won’t want to miss out on this exhibition which features some of the most impressive dogs and cats in all of Disney works; You can laugh at Mickey’s friend Pluto as he features in some of Disney’s earliest gag animations, marvel at the romance of Lady and the Tramp, be thrilled by the dramatic escape from Cruella’s magical hands in 101 Dalmations, and even take in both the beauty of Paris and the cuteness of kitten Marie from the Aristocats.
Walt Disney himself was known for being a huge dog lover, spending his childhood with his family and their dog. This ‘Cats and Dogs’ themed exhibition will showcase characters with expressions and gestures that reflect Disney’s affection and familiarity with the animals.
Why not go walkies around the ‘Disney Cats & Dogs’ exhibition?
Disney Cats & Dogs Exhibition
Duration: December 1 ~ December 25 2021
Location: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
Address: 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Entry Fee: Adult ¥1,100 / High School Student ¥900 (¥700), Elementary and Middle School Students: ¥500 (¥400)
*Number in brackets is the advance ticket purchase price.
Advance tickets can be purchased through Lawson Ticket between mid-October and November 30.
Official Site: https://www.matsuya.com/ginza/
Maison Kitsuné Reveals Collaboration Mask with PITTA MASK
23.September.2021 | FASHION
Maison Kitsuné, a popular Parisian lifestyle brand that produces unique music and fashion items, has collaborated with Japanese mask brand PITTA MASK, a brand which has become famous for its extraordinary outlook. The trendy mask was unveiled at NYFW: The Shows on September 10 2021.
The collaboration combines the creative direction of both Maison Kitsuné and PITTA MASK, working together to transform the typical mask, which has become a daily necessity, into something fun and stylish, all while maintaining the spirit of each individual brand.
PITTA MASK and Maison Kitsuné, a lifestyle brand known for combining fashion and music, have collaborated to create a stylish and colorful mask that goes beyond just protecting the face, both practical and fashionable.
The two collaboration masks, which were unveiled during New York Fashion Week, will be presented as a free gift to customers who spend over ¥8,000 (Excl. Tax) in Maison Kitsuné stores in New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka from the end of September. The set is made up of two masks, in navy and white.
Quantities are limited, so be sure to check out the latest information on social media!
Maison Kitsuné x PITTA MASK Collaboration Face Mask
Gift Campaign Period: Late September 2021 Onwards (scheduled)
Maison Kitsuné Official Instagram: www.instagram.com/maisonkitsune/