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Get Your Paws On Some Kitty Cakes!

| Sweets , Ikebukuro

Japan has long been of the mindset that food shouldn’t just be pleasing to the palate, but to the eyes as well. Add in the fact that sweet desserts and cute animals are two of the country’s favorite things in the modern era, and the result is what you see here.

Tokyu Hands is a chain of stores that sells all sorts of items for the home, from furniture to bath towels. Once a year, the Tokyu Hands branch in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood holds the Neko Roji (“Cat Alley”) event, during which it offers a special selection of creative cat-themed fashion accessories and interior knickknacks. This year, though, you can pick up some adorable kitty-shaped cakes at Neko Roji as well!

The cakes come from Ikebukuro-based confectioner Patisserie Swallowtail, which has made a name for itself in recent years thanks to its rotating lineup of animal and anime-themed sweets. Each of the six Neko Roji cakes is modeled after a different type of cat and employs different ingredients.

Starting from the top left and moving right, we have an Abyssinian cat (made with coffee and vanilla mousse), a Russian Blue (made from yogurt mousse and blueberry jam) and a Bengal that has caramel mousse and white chocolate cream.

The bottom row features a Scottish fold at left (made with a white chocolate mousse, chocolate cream and almonds), a black cat that has chocolate mousse and caramel, and a cheese mouse and peach gelée tortoiseshell cat.

And if you prefer to eat your desserts with your fingers, Swallowtail will also be selling Cat Paw Cookies, with either strawberry or chocolate flavoring.

Each of the cakes is priced at just ¥500 (US$4.50), while ¥299 will get you a pack of two cookies. Neko Roji runs until April 22, 2016, so if you’re keen to score some of these tasty kitties, head on over to Ikebukuro!

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