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Cattoos: Horitomo Tattoo Art!

Horitomo1Kazuaki Kitamura, also known by his alias Horitomo, is a contemporary Japanese tattoo artist.

Following his initial studies, Horitomo worked at various tattoo studios in Tokyo and Osaka and took part in tattoo conventions, including shows in Amsterdam and Spain. From 2001 onwards, he began to study  traditional Japanese tattooing from a master of the style.  By now, he’s a longstanding expert in both Western style and Japanese tebori hand tattooing.

We, of course, are particularly taken by his tattoo designs centring on ever so lovely cats – cattoo design!

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Japanese Cat Cafes FTW!

cat cafe sign tokyo
CC Flickr user pixelhut

Have a spare hour in Tokyo at your disposal? Here’s the most kittylicious way to pass your time: Cat Cafes!!!

Basically, have coffee and cake whilst chilling out with cute cats – simples as that!

The trend started over a decade ago in Taiwan and has since spread across East Asia. In Tokyo, where living space is scarce and many landlords don’t allow pets in appartments, cat cafes are understandably in particularly high demand and you will find them in nearly all areas of the city. There seems to be hope for Europe as well – the first cafe neko (neko is Japanese for cat) opened in Vienna, Austria earlier this year – keep them coming!

cats and gaming at cat cafe
CC Flickr user Ari Helminen

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Japanese Art Cats!

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1862)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was one of the last great masters of the ukiyo-e style in painting and woodblock printing. Kuniyoshi’s subjects included landscape, women, kabuki actors, mythical animals and… wait for it… CATS!

Enjoy some examples of his work here:

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Cats in four poses

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