On February 22, Japan celebrates its annual Cat Day, also called Nyan Nyan Nyan Day for a rather cute reason: the Japanese word for the number 2 is ni, which, if you added a certain syllable, becomes the Japanese word for meow, which is nyan (think Nyan Cat!). With this logic, the string of two’s in Feb 22 becomes the English equivalent of meow meow meow!
While Japan definitely does love its cats, so does most of the world (including me, though I do love dogs better).
Whether you’re a bonafide cat lover or a simple cat appreciator though, we’ve put together a list of cat-themed items too cute not to tug on your purr-sonal tastes.
Utage Tsuchineko Plushies
They’re soft, they’re plushy, and if what you want is a squishy, kitty hug, they’re ready to keep you company. Buy one here.
Illustrator Murata Yusuke (the artist behind the revamped art of One Punch Man) announched that a second season for One Punch Man is underway! He also adds that it’s possible that the series will air around November or December 2016 (Would make an awesome Christmas present, yes?), if the storyline goes well.
After Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special and Christmas Toycon, I realized something. Something that came up quite often in both cons. Something that pleasantly surprised me at first. Something that then escalated into producing surprisingly violent reactions.
That something—is the subject of Undertale keybies.
Specifically: why the Keybie Café doesn’t have any.
Care to share what’s on your Christmas wishlist? We’re about as busy as Santa’s workshop at the Keybie Cafe, with new designs we’re finally releasing (after a long blog hiatus)! Just click the numbered links below to see all the new keybies you can add to your collections!
When we went to Japan last April, we got to visit the cutest museum I’ve ever had the chance to step in: the Studio Ghibli museum in Mitaka, the home of Totoro and No Face! It’s packed with so many visual goodies that we just had to get souvenirs–but I digress.
There’s a magic to be experienced within these walls. Any artist who grew up with Miyazaki’s work can breathe inspiration from the exhibits, traditional tools, and hand-painted cells and backgrounds. Everything was a chaotic mess of creativity, from the paints and sketches and studies that littered the studio areas. My best bud Mishie of MishieWishieput it all in a wonderfully written post on her blog, complete with photos whenever they could be taken (since photos weren’t allowed inside the museum). As she eloquently put it:
The entire place is so calming and yet so filled with the possibility of adventure. It reminds me of the feeling I get when I visit my Ancestral Home. I am very familiar with the place, as I’ve been there so many times in my life, and yet I want to keep exploring–the house is so old that I feel like there is magic in it that makes the rooms reshuffle and everything is new again (maybe I’m weird that way)?
She also includes how to get to the Ghibli museum, as well as how to get museum and bus tickets. We might not have been able to get pictures of the interior, but there are plenty of pictures of the museum’s just-as-magical exterior!
For example–it’s yours truly, meeting the Robot Soldier from Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Credits for the taking and the concept of this Ghibli moment of a photo goes to Mishie! If you’re wondering about the souvenirs, she took lovely pictures of what goodies you can grab, too!.
Speaking of Studio Ghibli–
Which movie is your favorite? Mine is Spirited Away–and I’ve got the mug to prove it (along with my love for iced coffee)! Want your own? Grab a Spirited Away mug at our online shop–where we also have Studio Ghibli keybies up for grabs!
. Care to share what’s on your Christmas wishlist?
We’re about as busy as Santa’s workshop at the Keybie Cafe, with new designs we’re finally releasing (after a long blog hiatus)–just like the egghead hero, his (only) disciple, and his (not really) rival!!