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Sumo Cats

You know fat cats are hot when they get their own brand of red bean buns.

Why is it that there’s suddenly a craze in Japan for cats that seem to have been snacking on Carb-O-Load Burgers, the Godzilla of pancakes, and deep-fried bacon on a stick? Chubby cats are so trend-matic right now, there’s even a popular childrens’ book starring a character called Fatty Cat.

Spoiler: on the next page, those birds were toast.

If you still doubt, check out the fat cat centerfolds from this month’s Neko Seikatsu (Cat Life) magazine!

You lookin’ at ME?!
Who disturbs my slumber?


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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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