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Oh, Japan, what will you think of next?
posted by The Whelk at 9:30 PM on December 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Japanese cats... Is there anything that's CAN'T be done to them?
posted by Samizdata at 9:31 PM on December 17, 2008


I like this one - experiments with cat and tape!
posted by awfurby at 9:37 PM on December 17, 2008


The cat snowman won.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:37 PM on December 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


So, is there context for this? I kinda hope there isn't.
posted by The Whelk at 9:43 PM on December 17, 2008 [3 favorites]


that's the neat thing about this being in japanese - we understand just as much about it as the cat does
posted by pyramid termite at 9:44 PM on December 17, 2008 [23 favorites]


I hope they drug those poor cats...
posted by hillabeans at 9:45 PM on December 17, 2008


Whelk, I tried looking for context on the googles, but couldn't find anything.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 9:46 PM on December 17, 2008


It's a shoot for a calendar (as I think someone just explained in the YT comments). It's not that freaky - I'm sure there are other examples of animals being dressed up for photo shoots - just looks exotic and wacky if you don't understand it. The commentary is a bit boring - as I think it comes from a childrens animal show.
posted by gomichild at 9:47 PM on December 17, 2008


that's the neat thing about this being in japanese - we understand just as much about it as the cat does

"What? A poncho? Okay, whatever biped. Hey, do I still get the extra trout for being out here, oh? Huh, a Geisha doll. Look I'm sure you have some neat idea you're running with, but if It's all the same, I'm gonna go stare at nothing for the next ten minutes. Laters"
posted by The Whelk at 9:47 PM on December 17, 2008


Oh yeah and I forgot OMG those Japanese are SO WACKY AMIRITE.

*sigh*
posted by gomichild at 9:48 PM on December 17, 2008 [6 favorites]


Actually I do think it's a bit freaky, Gomi. Have you ever tried to dress a cat up in a costume before? Only a daring few can survive to tell the tale. That cat's demeanor is nothing like I've ever seen.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 9:49 PM on December 17, 2008


The cat is named Piya-kun, and he's apparently slightly famous for being a debu-neko (fat cat) and having his own segment on a Japanese TV show called "Doubutsu Kisoutengai." Here's another video about him (her?), and here's his blog, and here's an unrelated calendar.

Now, back to work. I don't get paid for looking up information about pudgy Japanese cats wearing costumes, you know...
posted by armage at 9:51 PM on December 17, 2008 [4 favorites]


If it were exactly the same except it were American, I would still think it was wacky. I think it's the chorus of children singing coupled with the person in the upper righthand corner reacting to the kitties, maybe with a dash of studio audience.
posted by nosila at 9:52 PM on December 17, 2008


My first thought was, "oh, I'll show this to my Japanese colleague and ask him about it," and then 0.1 seconds later I realized he'd then go home to his wife and spit, "those fucking idiots at work were asking me about our TV again...".
posted by forallmankind at 9:56 PM on December 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


I CAN HAZ DIGNITY BACK PLZ?
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:03 PM on December 17, 2008 [9 favorites]


I am more confident now of impending nuclear annihilation than I ever was during the Cold War years. Nice knowing you people.
posted by mudpuppie at 10:08 PM on December 17, 2008


This is actually the subtle interplay of manners and etiquette required to ask your cat to abandon, hate, and spite you forever.
posted by shadytrees at 10:09 PM on December 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


That is one nice cat. Sheesh. My cat wouldn't have stood for any of that. No no.
posted by flipyourwig at 10:15 PM on December 17, 2008


At least they don't put human ears on kitten as pervo fap-material.

Right?
posted by orthogonality at 10:17 PM on December 17, 2008 [2 favorites]


1. New Year's Cat ("he didn't see")
2. Snowman Cat (February is the only month it really snowed when I lived in Tokyo so this is apt)
3. Doll Festival Cat ("biiig" / "fell asleep")
4. Enter Kindergarten Cat
5. Carp Banner Cat ("fat carp")
6. Rainy Season Cat ("where are you looking? at your reflection in the monitor")
7. Ocean Bathing Cat (complete with obligatory TUBE song)
8. Summer Festival Cat
9. Moon Viewing Cat (complete with the Rabbit in the Moon)
10. Halloween Cat (looks like all those Yamanote Hallloween party train rides have finally paid off!)
11. Book Reading in the Fall Cat (?)
12. Christmas Cat

All in all a fun review of the seasonality of Japan, though I wonder about November.
posted by troy at 10:28 PM on December 17, 2008


I don't get paid for looking up information about pudgy Japanese cats wearing costumes, you know...

And neither will the rest of us if you keep doing it for free, dammit.
posted by nicwolff at 10:31 PM on December 17, 2008 [4 favorites]


The cat is named Piya-kun, and he's apparently slightly famous for being a debu-neko (fat cat) and having his own segment on a Japanese TV show called "Doubutsu Kisoutengai." Here's another video about him (her?), and here's his blog, and here's an unrelated calendar.

This isn't helping it seam less weird.
posted by The Whelk at 10:35 PM on December 17, 2008 [4 favorites]


I forfeited my right to complain about this FPP by watching the whole thing.
posted by bicyclefish at 10:39 PM on December 17, 2008


I wonder if this has anything to do with the kitty ID cards I buy at Uwajimaya. One side is cats in costumes, the other is what looks like a cat driving license, and it comes with some kind of horrible gum.
posted by Artw at 10:59 PM on December 17, 2008


This is also cat humiliation.
posted by yath at 11:32 PM on December 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Puuerile.
posted by william_boot at 11:34 PM on December 17, 2008


My cat would disembowel me in my sleep, eat the good bits and give the bone to the dogs if I even seriously considered costuming her.
posted by dejah420 at 12:04 AM on December 18, 2008


To make this even more engaging to Metafilter, might I suggest that the way the cat can rest its paws on inflatable pool toys for a period of time seemingly without damaging them could be an indicator that it's been declawed?
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 12:41 AM on December 18, 2008


My dog loves me and is very devoted to me.

I hope she would chew my face off were I to try any of this with her.
posted by sourwookie at 12:50 AM on December 18, 2008


Alright, fine. YOU show us "dignity."
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 2:59 AM on December 18, 2008


Artw, sounds like you're talking about "なめ猫" (name neko). Cats dressed as 暴走族 ("bousouzoku", Japanese motorcycle gang) members. And their driving licenses, for some reason. They were really big in the 1980s, with images on hundreds of products. Their English catchphrase is, of course, "Don't Pelorian!"
posted by bakerybob at 5:22 AM on December 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


Should I assume that there are a million and twelve channels on Japanese TV? Or are any of the things that get posted as 'wacky' indicative of mainstream Japanese TV tastes?

Much as I try and understand other cultures, I just can't get my noggin around Sushi, Bonsai, paper wall houses, incredible technology related advances and..... this. Not coming from the same place, anyway.

Unless this is a fringe element of Japanese TV which equates to the US soap requirement of "TV you can take your brain out for and watch the moving colours".
posted by Brockles at 5:41 AM on December 18, 2008


I heard some crazy guys on internet altered episodes of Doubutsu Kisoutengai to remove Piya-kun.
posted by fleetmouse at 6:14 AM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


I hate cat people, and I'm just about at the end of my rope with cats because of them.
posted by saysthis at 6:27 AM on December 18, 2008


It cracks me up how different Japanese cats look from American cats. When I first saw My Neighbor Totoro, the Catbus seemed incredibly stylized. When I finally saw some Japanese cats, I was struck by how they all seem to have those big round heads and kind of flat faces.

I'm sure I could google cat breeds in Japan or find some hard science fact about why this difference is there, but I would rather giggle at this kitty.
posted by frecklefaerie at 6:32 AM on December 18, 2008


Dignity doesn't get your belly rubbed.
posted by pointless_incessant_barking at 6:41 AM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Cherry blossoms fall
That cat is wearing a hat
zoomdoggle dot com!
posted by Optimus Chyme at 7:02 AM on December 18, 2008


My dignity is not impaired.
posted by Joe Beese at 7:05 AM on December 18, 2008


A human reaction:

"My goodness, look a the grace exhibited by cats! They have no fear of heights, they have perfect balance, and they can move in absolute confidence in total silence over nearly any terrain. Truly, they are a magnificent animal.

Oddly, this angers me. Something about their effortless perfection makes me feel somehow... inadequate. If only there was something I could to that would bring them down to my level.

Ah yes. I can dress them up like snowmen and video-tape them looking at me like I'm history's worst monster.

Yes, that's it. Now I feel better. "

At the very least, this is an accurate representation of this humans reaction when I dress up my cats.
posted by quin at 8:55 AM on December 18, 2008


bakerybob - that's the fellers - though sometimes you get sailors, fishermen, surf-dudes, cowboys or motorcycle cops.
posted by Artw at 9:02 AM on December 18, 2008




Is that breed a Scottish Fold? It seems that they are a popular cat in Japan.
posted by cazoo at 12:16 PM on December 18, 2008


That cat has gotta be drugged. Either that or it has the world's most mellow temperament by nature.
posted by Maias at 1:24 PM on December 18, 2008




Dress ur cat in gay apparel Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Put urself in mortal peril Fa la la la la, la la la la. (Oh come on, you knew this was going to end up with cheezburgers.)
posted by dejah420 at 3:03 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


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