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The Hypnotic Tail-Wagging Cat Clock

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 thing is, I actually saw these a few years ago at the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro on their exhibition floor, and made the fatal error of not ordering one for myself. That kind of exhibition is there for a week, then it disappears, with no forwarding address. Regret, with a capital R. (I couldn’t find my picture, so this one is from RocketNews)

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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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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    • I think so too. In fact, lack of my own pet is what kept me on the fence when I first saw these, because I couldn’t make up my mind which I liked best. (Plus, they’re pretty expensive, so I made the mistake of “hmm, maybe I’d better think about it” and then when I went back, the booth was GONE )

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