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Incredible Ballpoint Pen illustrations

Japanese illustrator Manabu Endo has created meticulously detailed ballpoint pen pieces that evoke the traditional aesthetics of Japanese hanging scrolls.

This Cat Café is Like a Feline Fairy Tale

If you only have the chance to go to one cat cafe in Tokyo, try Temari no Oshiro—a castle for cats. With no time limit and 21 cats, you might consider living the rest of your life there.

Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo Reopens

People flock to Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo, which has reopened after closing for about four months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Flowchart of Penguin Drama & Relationships

The lives of real penguins in Kyoto and Sumida Aquariums have been detailed in high-resolution flowcharts, and it's full of penguin crushes, heartbreaks, adultery and even egg-stealing. All the things that make for a great reality television show.

Ueno Zoo Opens New Panda Habitat

Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens unveiled a new enclosure for giant pandas.

Holy Hairy Fish!

Locals in Aomori, northern Japan, find fish with algae growing from their heads that looks like hair.

Ikura, the Adorable Eco-Friendly Dog

An environmentally friendly dog has collected more than 3,000 plastic bottles during walks over five years!

Osaka Café Has Proof That Cats & Baths Do Mix

Looking around Japan, you'll likely find a cat café located nearby, with some offering unique experiences like doing yoga in the midst of the adorable critters. Rescue cat café Neko Yokujo in Osaka definitely belongs in the “unique” subset of cat cafés.

'Purrfect' Fairy Tale Theme Park for Cat Fans

If you're a cat lover, don't just go to any cat café. Go to a cat palace!

Cuddle With Adorable Micro Pigs at Mipig Café

The newest player in animal cafés is here: micro pigs. The Mipig Cafe in Meguro is a four-story playpen for its 10 friendly resident micro pigs. Experience the cute cuddliness of of baby and adult micro pigs.

Wild Deer Captured in Tokyo

Tokyo police and firefighters manage to capture a wild deer that had been spotted along the banks of a local river.

Wheelchairs for Dogs Rolling out in Osaka

A couple in Osaka is making custom-built wheelchairs for handicapped dogs.

Giant Panda Saihin Celebrates First Birthday

Saihin, a giant panda at Wakayama’s Adventure World, just turned one, and we have the cute video.

Deer Dare to Cool Down in Ditch

A herd of deer tries to cool off in a ditch as temperatures continue to soar in Nara, western Japan.

The 5-Hour Wild Boar Chase in Niigata

Police officers in the city of Tsubame, about 300 kilometers north of Tokyo, spent five hours chasing a wild boar after the animal was spotted roaming near rice paddies.

Adorable Mame Shiba Banknotes

This Shiba Inu currency becomes so popular it gets its very own line of merchandise.

Renaissance Paintings Purr-fect for Cat Lovers

Japanese contemporary artist Tokuhiro Kawai uses his mastery of oil painting to create surreal images that invoke the Italian painters of the High Renaissance. But instead of heroes, saints, and the divine, he largely focuses on lots of cats.

This Owl Café in Akihabara Is a Hoot!

Looking for a unique animal experience in Tokyo? Akiba Fukurou just may be the solution.

Kyoto Ducklings' Annual Temple to River Trip

Ducklings born at a temple in Kyoto move to a nearby river in what has become an annual event. The move has become an annual event since a pair of ducks came to the temple and had babies in a pond 15 years ago.

Find Your Next Best Pal at the Mameshiba Cafe

Unfortunately, there aren't that many chances to meet a Shiba dog in Japan for tourists—until now. At the Mameshiba Cafe located in Takeshita Street in Harajuku, for 880 yen for 30 minutes, you can play with the 12 friendly canine staff members.

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