In a country where pets outnumber children, animals in Japan are some of the most spoilt in the world. It’s not uncommon to see owners carrying dogs like babies, pushing them in specially-made prams and taking them on onsen hot spa holidays. The nation even has 11 cat islands where felines roam free and locals lavish them with attention.
So when big events and special holidays roll around, Japan’s furry friends also get dressed up for the occasion. Pet parents know no bounds when it comes to dressing their little ones and what better way to share the joy than with tiny elaborate kimonos? Join us as we take a look at some of Japan’s most stylish kittens below!
Our first kimono-clad cat is dressed up for the New Year’s celebrations. The adorable kitty may be perched on a lacquered tatami pedestal but in her mind she’s already off at the festive feast.
This trio is celebrating indoors, dreaming of ways to escape and get their clothes smeared with octopus-filled takoyaki balls from the outdoor festival stalls.
When it comes to showing off a beautiful kimono, professional cats give their best over-the-shoulder pose.
▼ Other cats get in the spirit with some traditional dance poses.
Adding a traditional kadomatsu New Year’s decoration gives you the perfect photo for your festive nengajo cards.
And if you’re heading out to the local shrine for worship, only the most elaborate design will do, of course!
With a number of festivals on the horizon in Japan, we’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive kimono cats in real life. When we spot one, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Featured Image: Yuria