Walking down the street in Ome, I discovered something that totally flipped my three-hour trip to see a garden filled with no blooming azaleas into the win column: the tail-wagging cat clock!
BEHOLD ITS MESMERIZING POWER:
Can’t. Stop. Watching. (Except to scurry around online like a crazed, tail-wagging weasel to figure out who makes these and where to buy them.*)
The store owner in Ome came out to the sidewalk after she saw me loitering around suspiciously outside, but after we bonded over our love of tail-wagging clocks, she invited me inside to take videos of her others. Here’s more cuteness, if you can stand it:
* A RocketNews reporter spotted them as recently as 2015 at the same annual Tobu exhibition, so I was able to discover the artist’s name: Keitaro Fujii. And apparently, they are sold in a store in Akasaka called Craft Ogawa. Guess where I’m going next week?
December 2017 note: Today I saw a FB ad that had a video of this clock, with a link to where you could buy it on 9gifts.com, but the clock in the link is NOT this clock. The one in the link doesn’t have a jointed tail, which is, of course, the best part. Look carefully before buying!
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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!