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?

Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo. Her fourth book – Painted Doll – is just out in paperback 

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