“Cat hero” will travel the world! The WEB movie of “Hoshino Dragon Quest” was released!
23.February.2018 | MUSIC
A WEB movie where cats disguised as hero embark on a great adventure inside the room replicating the world of the smartphone game, “Hoshi no Dragon Quest” was released at “Nekono Hi <Hoshidora> Neko Yushatachi ga Boken Shitemita.”on the 22nd of February (cats’ day).
The main characters of the WEB movie (4 cats) disguised as a hero, a wizard, a monk and a choreographer travel around the room freely.
Dioramas of locations such as a cave, figures of monsters and items such as a ship and a jug are installed inside the room. Rube Goldberg machines are also installed so don’t miss this video full of gimmicks!
The 22nd of February, the day the video was released, is “cats’ day” because the number 2 in Japanese is pronounced as “ni” and a cat’s cry is “nyan nyan.” Don’t miss the adventures of these “cat heroes” which both the fans of “Hoshino Dragon Quest” and the cat lovers can enjoy.
Suzuhiro Co., Ltd. has teamed up with Square Enix to release kamaboko fishcakes inspired by the Slimes of the Dragon Quest video game series, specifically Dragon Quest Walk. They will be released on July 23 for a limited time.
Kamaboko is made from a puree of steamed and pressed white fish and is shaped into a distinctive loaf shaped. It’s a common soup, rice, and noodle topping in Japan.
Slime Kamaboko: ¥880 (Before Tax)
Dragon Quest Walk is a mobile RPG that makes use of augmented reality to let users walk around real-life locations. The kamaboko collaboration brings to life the gift you receive when you go to Odawara Castle in-game. It’s the first in a series of “real life gifts” brought to life by Suzuhiro.
Two Slimes from the Slime family have been created using natural colouring: cape jasmine for Slime and paprika for She-slime. No artificial flavourings or additives have been used to make them. A perfect topping for any fan’s food!
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/
Dragon Quest Slime Bread Releasing at Lawson Store 100 in Japan
Convenience store Lawson Store 100 is teaming up with Nintendo in promotion of the upcoming video game Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, an enhanced port of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age for the Nintendo Switch™ that’s set for release on September 27, 2019, by releasing three new breads inspired by the Slime monster from the game at branches around Japan on September 25.
Slime Bread Slime Flavour (Sweet Lime) – ¥108 (Tax Included)
Coming in the classic light blue colour is this “slime flavoured” Slime (which is actually sweet lime flavoured!) It’s filled with refreshing sweet lime jelly.
Behemoth Slime Mango Flavour – ¥108 (Tax Included)
The Behemoth Slime is orange coloured and has a tropical mango aroma. It’s filled with a rich sweet and sour mango cream with fresh pieces of mango in it.
Metal Slime Black Sesame Flavour – ¥108 (Tax Included)
Made to look like metal, this Slime is black sesame flavoured, and is packed with rich black sesame bean paste.
The developer of these products, who is also a huge fan of Dragon Quest, commented the following: “I created these Slime breads because I wanted to people to feel like they were going on an adventure in the world of Dragon Quest. The Slimes are something that can only be found in that world. I took great care to make it as realistic as possible so it would feel like you had your very own Slime. I referenced the game during the planning of this product so that it both looked fun and tasted delicious.”
Elaborating on this final point, they continue: “For example, the [sweet lime] Slime Bread contains lemon [sic] flavoured jelly which is based on the Slime jelly from the game, and when you defeat (or in this case ‘eat’) the slime you are awarded with a treasure! You obtain Slime jelly, and that’s the fun aspect of this product.”
When you go to buy one of these Slime breads and the cashier scans it, the till will play the “Level Up” sound from the game. The stores will also have other references to the game in the form of posters and other hidden features, so make it your quest to find them all.
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Slime Bread / Behemoth Slime Bread / Metal Slime Bread
Release Date: September 25, 2019
Available: Lawson Store 100 branches across Japan
Lawson Store 100 Official Website (Japanese): http://store100.lawson.co.jp/
Atarashii Chizu Release Mobile Game ‘Star Dragon Quest’ Song & Music Video Worldwide
Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori―who form the music group Atarashii Chizu―were appointed producers of the popular mobile game Star Dragon Quest to help promote it. The game has enjoyed well over 20 million downloads. As part of the promotion, the trio have digitally released a song together worldwide entitled Hoshi no Fanfare along with a music video.
Atarashii Chizu join Music – “Hoshi no Fanfare” Official Music Video
The music video was shot entirely in cooperation with the game’s staff. It features Inagaki, Kusanagi and Katori’s signature pop and dance style as well as appearances from familiar Dragon Quest characters. This marks the first time that the characters of the Dragon Quest franchise have performed alongside music artists.
Hoshi no Fanfare was written and composed by Nakajin of SEKAI NO OWARI. The lyrics to this foot-stomping pop song contain words related to the game such as courage, stars, treasure, map, story, adventure and so on.
The song was first performed at the invitation-only Dragon Quest event “Dragon Quest Day – Producer Giga Meeting” which was held at Makuhari Messe on May 25, 2019. The song was released worldwide today across major digital music and streaming platforms. (*Not available in select countries and regions)
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/
Enter the World of Dragon Quest at Luida’s Bar in Roppongi
Dragon Quest and Japanese karaoke chain Pasela are pairing up at Luida’s Bar in Roppongi―a bar themed on the popular video game series―as part of a special event being held in commemoration of Luida’s 9th anniversary.
9th Anniversary Dessert
9th Anniversary Service Card
The event will be held from January 28 to 31 during which customers can enjoy a range of anniversary treats.
With every dessert ordered comes a commemorative photo card, a coupon and more.
Slime Nikuman Meat Bun
Slime Shrimp Mayo Bun
To count down the event, customers can get points on the Slime meat and shrimp and mayo buns until January 27.
The bar is open to anyone for the duration of the event, but due to limited places it is recommend to reserve in advance.
If you’re a fan of Dragon Quest then be sure to make a visit to Luida’s Bar.
Address: 5-16-3 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo