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Learn About Japanese Culture from... a Cat?!

Festivals Pets Deeper Japan

There’s a furry feline on the scene that’s got us all sitting up and paying attention. And this cat isn’t just adorable, he’s also teaching us about the culture of his birth country too. The three-and-a-half year-old cat is a male tabby named Maro, and he’s been cosplaying on Instagram for almost two years.

A festival will start from tomorrow‼️

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Maro first made his debut on social media dressed in a traditional Japanese festival outfit.

Since then, he’s been photographed in a number of outfits and scenarios, celebrating traditional events and special days on the Japanese calendar with an informative blurb to explain what he’s doing.

Above, the cat celebrates the important annual holiday of obon while dressed as a Buddhist monk.

And here he appears as a “Manekineko” ornamental beckoning cat.

Some of Maro’s most popular photos involve festive food, like this one, which explains the importance of “Kagami Biraki or “Breaking of the Mochi” as part of the New Year’s celebrations.

Setsubun calls for a box of roasted soybeans and a couple of extra-long sushi rolls.

To find out more about Maro, and Japanese culture, be sure to check out his account on Instagram. It’s the cutest way to learn about Japan!

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