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At The Crazy Cat Parade


I have to admit, I was powerless to resist going to a thing where hundreds of people dressed more or less as cats pranced down the street, some of them raucously performing musical numbers in which “nyan nyan nyan” replaced all the lyrics.


The Bake Neko Parade gives everyone and their granny an excuse to dress up every October near Kagurazaka Station. If you’re in Tokyo and want to get a notification about this and other great weekend to-do stuff, subscribe to the TokyoCheapo email thing. They’ll let you know the dates, times, maps and all the particulars!

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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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!

5 thoughts on “At The Crazy Cat Parade Leave a comment

  1. OMG, I thought we were the most neko baka people in the world, but now I see we have serious competition! Why have I never heard about this parade before?

    Oh, we tried (tried, mind you) to visit the Imperial Guest House, but the lines were too long so we gave up. On the way back to the station, we saw a bagpiper playing in the grass. Looked like an ordinary Japanese guy, no kilt, no lilting accent, no explanation. Only in Japan…

    • Ha, I once went to a steampunk event in Shibuya where the mysterious lineup of entertainment included Japanese bagpipers (oops, nearly typed bagpoopers!) It’s a really strange disconnect, innit? And I can’t take much credit for winkling out the Bake Neko event, –Tokyo Cheapo sends out a really awesome and useful Next Weekend’s Events in Tokyo email every Thursday, and do a pretty fantastic job of finding stuff like this (plus giving accurate & useful info like time, map, etc).

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