Listen up, y’all. I’m about to tell you guys about the #1 cat lady destination in Japan: Yanaka.
Yanaka is a neighborhood in
Taitō Ward, Tokyo. It’s a super traditional part of town filled with winding alleys, shrines and meticulously maintained temples. It’s a lovely place, but today we’re here to focus on the thing that makes Yanaka a magnet for nerds like me: good good kitties.
You see, Yanaka is a neighborhood with a butt-ton of stray cats. This makes sense, since it’s basically cat heaven. The streets and alleys of Yanaka are essentially just a series of hidey holes and ideal sunning spots that happen to have humans running around. Thankfully these humans are quite appreciative of their feline overlords, which is why part of Yanaka has essentially just become cat themed. It’s honestly like the neighborhood has just agreed that this is their thing now.
The first cat-themed establishment we visited in Yanaka was Nekoemon, a
café with a scant 13 seats that’s covered in cat decor. The special thing about this place is that they offer a set (for roughly $15USD) that includes a cat-shaped cookie, a coffee drink of your choice and a little unfinished maneki neko figurine. Why the figurine? ‘Cause you’re about to customize yourself a neko, my friend.
The owner asked customers to choose between figurines to attract either luck or money. We picked luck and got our maneki neko along with a full assortment of markers. The owner even set out a few already painted figurines to provide inspiration.
Aside from the novel figurine offer, the café also had genuinely delicious lunch sets. They weren’t cat themed (though they had plenty of dessert options that were), but it was healthy and extremely tasty. I honestly recommend Nekoemon on all fronts.
Here’s my finished maneki neko. Followers of the blog may recognize him.
Nekoemon is great, but it isn’t even at the center of the cat madness. No, for that we’re headed to the shopping area: Yanaka Ginza.
Even if you don’t care about cats (in which case I’ve got to ask… why did you read this far?) this street is lovely. There are shops for handcrafted items, souveniers, sweets, savory foods and a lot more.
If you aren’t all sugared up from Nekoemon, you can always stop by Yanaka Shippoya, a shop that sells cat tail donuts. The donuts are named as cats would be rather than for their flavors, and they’re honestly very nice. We had a sesame camembert one that was lovely and not too sweet.
Donuts not your bag? You can always satisfy your sweet tooth with some maneki neko shaped taiyaki from Maneki-ya. Fluffy outside, rich and creamy inside. We got the matcha custard and red bean flavor and it did not disappoint.
Okay, so you’ve had enough sugar to last you a lifetime. Know what has no calories? Cat accessories. Yanaka Ginza has a bunch of shops that specialize in just… cat stuff. Cat jewelry? Check. Cat kitchenware? Check. Cat bento? Check. Cat bags? Dear heavenly lord, check. There’s even a store that specializes in making custom cat stamps. Seriously.
That’s just one tiny corner of just one shop. We visited 3, but saw more. Most of the shops had signs asking visitors to refrain from taking photos, so we kept the camera packed away. Honestly, I get it. These are shops best explored in person. It’s fun to see how the owner of each shop has a unique aesthetic and stocks totally different items (though there is certainly some overlap). You can tell these stores are curated by cat lovers.
Oh, and of course we can’t forget the feline residents themselves. When we first hit the area we saw zero cats. None. I was honestly really disappointed, but it turns out they were all hiding from the rain that started shortly after. Those kitty instincts served them well and kept them dry, and once the rain passed we suddenly saw little cat faces poking out all over.
This sweet girl roamed the cemetery and was the first kitty we met.
Shortly after we met a pair of housecats that chirped at us quite enthusiastically.
This orange boy said goodbye to us just before we left the area.
In conclusion: if you love fluffbutts and toe beans and are near Tokyo, get thee to Yanaka. It’s a fantastic weekend day trip that isn’t crowded to the brim with tourists, the whole neighborhood has a relaxed and peaceful vibe, and you can come home decked out in cat stuff and filled with sugar. What more could you even want?
You’re saying, like, do the things you do but go further with them. Like get a ton of cat hair and glue it all over your body. Walk around like a cat-man in the middle of the night through the alleyways. Ya know?
sometimes I like to try train my left (non-dominant) hand. It takes more time and stuff but I think I’m slowly getting somewhere. Sometimes my left hand comes up with designs my right hand wouldn’t. (And sometimes my right hand just needs a break..) My goal is to be able to draw with both hands at the same time one day.
hear me out @klanced and @summer-arts: in ur warrior cats au zarkon stays human (or
alien i guess?) the whole time. like the rest of the galra and all the other voltron characters are their cat
equivalent but zarkon is still his regular self and it’s never recognized by anyone. like idk i
just keep thinking of this big ass dude standing in the middle of a forest in
the middle of the night surrounded by a ton of cats and saying something
along the lines of “Riverclan needs to stay in their fucking borders”
So at least once a week, I have a kid come out of the closet to me. This happens so much that I have a question for y’all, WHY? Do I have some tattoo inked on my forehead that says “Don’t fear closeted queer, you can come out here!”
This sounded cute to me, but idk. Mc moving in with rfa+V+saeran? Like getting a house or apartment together. (or in jumin's case a giant ass penthouse, smh rich people)
A/N: I just wow i loVE THIS okay thank you ~Admin 404
Smh rich people indeed (i had way too much fun with V and i had to stop myself from going on and on) ~ Admin 626
*YOOSUNG: -I think the two of you would end up with a small apartment to start out! Move up to a house a while after he starts his career -Your living room is only part living room. Everyone has to fight each other to sit on the couch when they visit -It’s only part living room because y’all spoil Lisa to no eND so there’s a huge cat tree and a ton of cat play houses jumin approves and actually gets a few of the playhouses for y’all -Sure you could have made that extra room a cat room but???? No??? -Game room???? -IT’S LITERALLY THE BEST ROOM IN Y’ALLS APARTMENT it’s decked out in all of your nerdy-gaming related things (figures, posters, games themselves) and seriously it’s just pride and joy nerd -Your bedroom is overrun with plushies, neither of you can really tell whose is whose anymore -He makes you breakfast every day! The first day, he tried to bring it to you in bed but that was a disaster when he tripped over the plushies and you woke up with an omelette on your face -Y’alls apartment is covered in cute things- stickers are everywhere, homemade gifts and decorations, and it just looks kinda like pinterest threw up in the apartment -Your kitchenware is SO CUTE like your ladle is nessie, your measuring cups are whale shapes, and he has these cartoon cups that he tried hiding from you but they’re just so cute you can’t help yourself
*JUMIN: -Y’all didn’t have to get a new place, he just moved you into his penthouse i mean didn’t he already in his route, LMAO -But anything you want, he will get it for you -He has a lot more cat shaped things than you originally thought though -Like cat shaped bowls, has a few coffee mugs with cats on them, things like that -NOW THAT Y’ALL LIVE TOGETHER YOU GET TO SEE THOSE SWEAT PANTS HE’S TALKED ABOUT, HALLELUJAH -He gives you complete control of decorating but it’s like??? Jumin I wanted to do this together??? -So he helps pick out throw pillows, new art pieces, anything you ask him to do -The one thing he requires is a tON OF PICTURES OF THE TWO OF YOU -FRAMED, HANGING, EVERYWHERE -Seriously there’s a painting of the two of you plus Elizabeth hanging up in the house but at least it’s adorable <3
*SAEYOUNG: -Also just moves you into his house - i mean why not, it’s big enough -IT’S LIKE LIVING WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND BECAUSE HE’S SUCH A FUCKING DORK -Y’all don’t even sleep in your bed for like the first week, you two are having pillow forts in the living room -You can have a room to yourself, for whatever you’re passionate about. Gaming? He has a room for that, he’ll share. Art? Room for you. A room dedicated to your favourite figurines from your favourite games or shows? He’ll have to get you a separate room he isn’t sharing his -He’s got plates that are planets and they’re AMAZING y’all i almost bought some the other day omg -But he’s such a brat, like he plays pranks on you to wake you up -You’ve woken up to whipped cream in the face more times than you can count but you’ve also woken him up with cold water soooo -No item in the house is safe from you two “playing” if you catch my drift wink wonk -Saeran hates both of you so much
*SAERAN: -Definitely not used to having you actually live with him -You walked in the bathroom while he was in the shower and you never knew that he could scream so high pitched -Black out curtains throughout the house because???? The sunlight sucks -He’s actually lowkey really cute and likes to put pictures of the two of you in frames and just put them on bookshelves or hang them up -But then he like denies that he puts them up??? “Idk how it got there, it looks terrible” uh yeah okay -YOUR KITCHEN IS THE MOST DECKED OUT ROOM because the two of you actually really like to cook and it’s a bonding thing <3 -Otherwise, your bedroom is decked out with the comfiest bed, blankets, and coolest TV because MOVIE MARATHONS -Every time you buy some cute little ceramic animals you can’t find it ten minutes later. He hides them in various places because he hates them -Actually really loves the idea of painting the ceiling like the sky with some clouds but only in the bedroom, the rest of the house cannot deal with that -The two of you pick out everything together! Everything has nice neutral tones,everything goes together perfectly (just like the two of you aw cuties)
*ZEN - with zen, it wasn’t a slow move in where u just kinda left
things at his house and things slowly collected over time - nah that’s not Zen’s style - of course he would make a big deal about you moving in - “mC YOU CAN’T STAY OVER WHAT WILL PEOPLE THINK OF US” - “Zen we’ve already done the diddly do, what r u ashamed
of” - honestly ur lucky he didn’t make y’all wait til after you
guys got married - but it’s worth the wait!!! - Zen completely redid his place just for you <3 - he denies the fact that jumin helped him but u know
jumin did - it’s so cute!!! - piCTURES OF U EVERYWHERE - the kitchen has a whole lot of sweet things bc he knows u
love sweets -there’s a sex swing in his bedroom - Seeing Zen in sweats??? H O T - Zen sees in ur pajamas? He suddenly has to go shower??? - Poor you gets roped into Zen’s workouts - he claims it’s ur fault since ur sweets are fattening him
up - living with him is
super peaceful tho??? - he has self care days??? Who does that??? - face masks, bubble baths with candles, treats himself to
mani pedis - and he takes such good care of you! - because of him, you eat more healthy! The sweets are
treats okay - and because of you, zen becomes a little more lowkey
because you can’t always handle his dramatic ass everyone in the group chat
kisses ur feet for that - You two brought out the best in each other <3
*JAEHEE - honestly her apartment is the tiniest thing in the world - like you know the episode of Futurama where Fry moves in
with Bender? - yeah, that small - you guys end up finding a super cute apartment!!! - it is on the smaller side but it’s super cozy - flowers everywhere!!! You want the place bright for when
Jaehee comes home from work <3 - y’all have too many pillows on your bed and sofas but it’S
WORTH IT - there’s a little reading nook you guys managed to create! - also, all the RFA hoes come over all the time - no matter what u guys do, u can’t stop it - one time you couldn’t get rid of Saeyoung for weeks
because Jaehee figured out DIY Honey Buddha chips - as much as you two protest, one day futons magically
appeared on the floor for them - Jaehee is the sweetest roommate!!! - she always leaves u little notes everywhere to let u know
she loves you - she folds down the page corners of store catalogues if she
thinks you’d like them - and she always somehow has a cup of coffee ready for you
whenever u need it??? - she’s a magician - and you always makes sure she eats and rests enough <3
*V - You guys get a house together! - You needed a room for work and he needed a room for his
art, so an apartment was definitely out of the question - you love decorating the house with him??? - hE MAKES EVERYTHING SO CUTE - He hung up Christmas lights in your room! Who does that!
V’s hipster ass, that’s who - Polaroids and other pictures eVERYWHERE - and of course this guys gets a record player - he puts it in the kitchen and he dances with you in the
kitchen when you two cook together - actually he just dances with you when he can, music or not - you guys end up having a mini library because V is super
into learning about other cultures??? He has books on everything u can name - he ends up taking u out like every week for aesthetic
pics, you cant get out of it no matter what - sometimes he makes you get up to watch the sunrise with
him - it’s okay tho, u get back at him with a nERF WAR - and sometimes you use a marshmallow shooter against him
randomly - “hey mc have u seen m-“ - “have U SEEN BOFA DEEZ NUTS” - he just stands there getting hit by marshmallow as he
stares off into the distance - think of the scene from parks and rec when Andy shoots Ben
with marshmallows - honestly u two are so cute and silly together, and all is
right in the world
things the zodiac signs do when you're friends with them
Aries: the friend who chews like a dinosaur in jurassic park and talks themselves into a rage once you’ve mentioned something they know a lot about, unintentionally addresses you with wrong names several times a day
Taurus: always buys gifts for you and lends you books and cds and gives you their food without you even asking for it, it’s a bit awkward but endearing
Gemini: accidentally drunk calls you instead of their mom, cries over dog pictures at 2 AM at sleepovers and makes you wonder why you even invited them
Cancer: sends you a ton of snaps of their cat and artsy photos of the water when they’re in the bathtub
Leo: drinks so hasty the drink dribbles down their chin, burps really loud and doesn’t even care you’re staring at them
Virgo: buys truck loads of washi tape (the expensive one) and cardboard with pretty patterns to make birthday and Christmas cards, gives the ugly and screwed up ones to you
Libra: puts their hand on your arm and hits you with their legs under the table when they want your attention, won’t stop until you tell them to
Scorpio: looks like they listen to you but doesn’t, stares at you for an eternity and then says something really weird like “ Did your teeth grow? they look bigger than they were yesterday. ”
Sagittarius: that one who’s so full of energy and in such a good mood everyday it makes you feel like a lifeless sack of meat next to them, the child your parents always wished they had
Capricorn: stays calm in almost every situation, a soft smile resting on their lips, a dreamy sparkle in their eyes when they look at you. it seems like there is nothing that can upset them. but when they get angry with you, oh boy. OH BOY better run
Aquarius: wears clothes no one else would buy and looks gorgeous, will support you in everything you do even if you go through a super edgy emo scene hardcore neon anime xD sOrANdom phase they’ll give you a thumbs up and say “You do you, buddy.”
Pisces: squeals and laughs and talks and argues way too loud in public and doesn’t even care when you tell them to be a bit more quiet they’ll get even louder just because they can and they enjoy embarrassing you
Okay hey guys my uncle’s maid found this bird earlier. She said that it fell near her while she was barbecuing and it didn’t fly away. We kept it in a cage( a really large dove cage that was used for my mother’s wedding) for the past few hours to see if it’ll get better and fly off in a few hours but it still won’t.
I took it in the house and let it out the living room but it just bounced around the floor. It’s obviously favoring it’s left wing and won’t open it’s right so I think it may be injured. I’ve tried inspecting it but I can’t see any obvious injuries (i’m not a bird expert so I don’t really know…)
We’ve given it water, food (cooked and uncooked rice grains, bread crumbs) but it won’t drink or eat anything. It’s almost midnight and it’s been with us for 5-6 hours and it’s not fighting back or acting up or even making noises. It’s currently hiding underneath my wrist as I type this (idk why it decided to stay there)
I think it’s called a Maya bird or a Eurasian Tree Sparrow. I’ve never had a bird before. I’ve had a shit ton of dogs, cats and caterpillars but never a bird. I’m not really sure what to do. Any bird owners out there willing to help me out and give me some advice?
EDIT: Currently looking up vets that work with birds and the ones that are coming up are all literally in a completely different province from me. I think i’ll try searching again tomorrow when i’m not so groggy…