13/06/2022

Cats in Japan: Find All You Need to Know About Japan’s Cats in One Page

All our cat-related articles gathered together on one page for easy finding. Everything from cat cafes to Yokai cats, anime recommendations to maneki neko. Browse for something fun to read or just enjoy the cat photos - carefully chosen to emphasize the cute! However, please quickly scroll past the cat ghost photos if you don't like to be scared.


Table of Contents

  1. Latest News About Cats in Japan
    1. Top 10 Popular Cat Breeds in Japan (2022 Ranking) & Most Famous Japanese Cats
    2. Top 10 Popular Cat Names in Japan (2022 Ranking) & Cutest Japanese Cat Names to Name Your Furry Feline
  2. Guide to Pets in Japan
    1. Bringing Your Cat to Japan: Important Things to Consider and Import Procedure
    2. 8 Things to Know About Keeping a Cat in Japan
  3. Cats and Anime, More Like Cats in Anime
    1. Get Your Cat Fix with Anime About Cats
    2. Catch Japanese Cat Monsters (Yokai) in Anime
  4. Supernatural, Mystics, and Beliefs About Cats
    1. Nekomata & Bakeneko, The Mystical Cat Demons of Japan and Anime Featuring Cat Yokai
    2. Bring Fortune Into Your Life with Japan’s Maneki Neko: Uncover the Lucky Cat’s Meaning - Colours, Accessories, Paws
  5. Meeting Cats Around Japan, Places to Visit Cats
    1. Tashirojima Cat Island in Miyagi
    2. All About Cat Cafes in Japan

Latest News About Cats in Japan

Top 10 Popular Cat Breeds in Japan (2022 Ranking) & Most Famous Japanese Cats

Find out what the top 10 most popular cat breeds are in Japan in this year’s latest rankings. This article is also accompanied with adorable (and majestic/cool) cat photos and trivia about each breed. To finish up, we introduce some of Japan’s most famous internet celebrity cats.
P.S. Some of our members follow them too.

Top 10 Popular Cat Names in Japan (2022 Ranking) & Cutest Japanese Cat Names to Name Your Furry Feline

Find out what the most popular cat names are in Japan this year for an idea on what to name your cat. Plus, a compilation of some other great names including ideas from our WeXpats team members. Names after food seem to be quite a hit; have a look! 

Guide to Pets in Japan

Bringing Your Cat to Japan: Important Things to Consider and Import Procedure

Answers the important question of “How to Bring Your Pet to Japan?” and “Can I even bring my pet to Japan?” Includes a checklist of things for you to consider before anything else (issues that never came to mind), evaluating your cat for the long-haul flight, preparing for the trip, and the all-important import procedure. 

8 Things to Know About Keeping a Cat in Japan

Want to keep a pet cat in Japan but not sure what to expect? In this article, we address 8 of the most important things you should know before taking the plunge. Learn the basic costs and more importantly hidden costs that come with your pet cat, where and how to even get that cat, and how to help your kitty endure the harsh seasons, etc. 

Cats and Anime, More Like Cats in Anime

Get Your Cat Fix with Anime About Cats

We introduce a wide selection of anime featuring cats. Categorized into 3 sections for easy finding, find anime about cats, anime with cat(s) as a main character, and anime with cat(s) as a minor character. Plus, because they deserve it, a special section just for Studio Ghibli’s works with cats. Always a work in progress, we look forward to updating this article with new works whenever we can.

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Nekomata & Bakeneko, The Mystical Cat Demons of Japan and Anime Featuring Cat Yokai

(Catch Japanese Cat Monsters (Yokai) in Anime)

The last segment of this article introduces 4 of our most recommended anime to catch some cat Yokai in action.

Supernatural, Mystics, and Beliefs About Cats

Nekomata & Bakeneko, The Mystical Cat Demons of Japan and Anime Featuring Cat Yokai

This article starts off with explaining what exactly Yokai and Kaibyo are. If you don’t know what those 2 words mean, then you should just head over to the article now. Read about the origins of Japan’s most well known cat demons Nekomata and Bakeneko as well as other lesser known cat Yokai.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Bring Fortune Into Your Life with Japan’s Maneki Neko: Uncover the Lucky Cat’s Meaning - Colours, Accessories, Paws

How much do you actually know about Maneki Neko? The origin story? The origin place? Did you know its design is based on a native Japanese cat breed? Specifically what type of luck does it beckon? You’ll know the answers to all those questions after reading this piece!

Meeting Cats Around Japan, Places to Visit Cats

Tashirojima Cat Island in Miyagi

One of many, but perhaps the most well known of cat islands in Japan, we bring you an article introducing Tashirojima Cat Island of Miyagi. From “cat spots” to the island’s rules, here's an in-depth guide that will help you get a rough idea of what to expect from the island of cats.

All About Cat Cafes in Japan

Learn all there is to know about cat cafes in Japan, from the general rules at cat cafes to the sometimes confusing payment systems, to the 2 types of cat cafes there are. You didn’t know there were 2 types? Well, now you know. Not interested? Just skip to the end of the article for our WeXpats tour of Cat Cafe Mocha Harajuku, or quickly scroll through for some adorable pics!  

 

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