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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pussy in Ginza

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Pussy in Ginza


Ginza is Tokyo's most high-class shopping district, and, like all shopping districts in Tokyo, is crowded on weekends. This is especially so in Ginza, however, because it is one of the few places in Tokyo that is pedestrianized on weekends.

I was in Ginza shopping  last weekend and noticed a small crowd, cameras raised, around one of the district's elegant old street signs. On closer inspection, it was clear why. A couple of cats, one with an ornate collar, were perched on top of it, basking in the bright fall sunshine.

A major strain of Japanese culture is the culture of cute, which was very much  on display here with the adoration paid these felines by the steady stream of mainly female devotees who pointed and clicked at them. Cats are particularly iconic for their cuteness, as the runaway, and ongoing, popularity of the Hello Kitty brand is witness to.


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