ねこぶくろ * Nekobukuro * Cat’s House

Talk about a strange afternoon… Is there any other place in the world where you can pay to hang out with like 30 cats? Just house cats?  In Ikebukuro there are several – we went to the one on the top floor of Tokyu Hands. I’m not really even a cat person (you can blame this on Luna, my family’s psycho-cat), but the novelty of this unheardof form of entertainment was irresistable! You know you would too…

Welcome to the Cat's House

Welcome to the Cat's House


A little creepy, no?

A little creepy, no?

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Was it $6 well spent? Well, at least now I can say I've done it!

Was it $6 well spent? Well, at least now I can say I've done it!

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kirk + kitteh

kirk + kitteh

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Cat rankings - my favorite was Scar, the white one with smushed face and big eyes near the bottom left (because he looks like Winston from the so-funny-it-made-me-cry cat+banana video which is sadly no longer online)


awww

awww


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CREEPY.

CREEPY.


Work it.

Work it.


Jacob, Kirk, and one unimpressed cat.

Jacob, Kirk, and one unimpressed cat.


Toy hog!!! Just kidding, we put them there - but he still refused to acknowledge us!

Toy hog!!! Just kidding, we put them there - but he still refused to acknowledge us!

Very cute huh? I couldn’t tell if we had just arrived at naptime, or if the cats have simply grown indifferent to visitors, or if perhaps they were on drugs. It was a rather odd experience – but I think most of that oddness was due to the other people just sitting in there watching the cats as if were a completely natural situation…

What a weird post… I BETTER get some comments on this one! : P

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**as always, thanks for looking!

13 responses to “ねこぶくろ * Nekobukuro * Cat’s House

  1. I have never heard of a cat house before. I am struggling to imagine what sort of person (other than the curious urban researcher) would frequent one.

    30 cats? I can’t help thinking of the flea community it would be possible to achieve with so many cats in one place.

    Interesting post!

  2. What a weird place. I suppose it is for cat lovers who live in a no-pet area? Hehe… What are the other prices for? (the 1000, 400, and 200 yen)

  3. Luna is not psycho, she just doesn’t like you!!! The cat with the white paw hanging over looks like Luna don’t you think?
    Who’s idea was it to go to the Cat house? Kirk doesn’t strike me as a cat kinda guy (sorry Kirk).
    My favorite one is the gray one on the plaid bed.
    I was also wondering about the fleas and the smell – how was it?
    XOXOXOXOXOXO……

  4. Had you brought along my elephant cap, I could have made some serious headway on my cat calendar..

    Why are they all so sedate?

  5. really enjoyed this post. as i am a big cat fan without a cat i must admit that i would seriously consider entering the cat house just for the cats…but then again there’s something very strange and unnevering about the whole arrangement hmmm…maybe not – but i’m glad you went in there!

  6. Actually it didn’t smell bad at all! No itchyness either. They seemed to have all the food and such contained behind “employee only” areas.

    The other prices were:
    “Boy-Girl pair ticket” – 1,000yen
    Young student – 400yen
    Child under 3 years old – 200yen

    I thought it was interesting that it specified a boy-girl couple…I wonder how the girl would have reacted if the guys had tried to get tickets as a couple..haha.

  7. I find it very disturbing, I hate cats btw…I’m alergic to them (I don’t trust them, and they don’t trust me).

    But I think is the kind of place you expect to find in somehow *weird* Japan (no offense on my Japs friends, please).

    Still cannot believe the place does not smells like sh***! Even though to be honest the cats look very healthy and comfy. Nice life they have!!!

    One more thing on my list of To do things at Japan…thanks!!

    p.s I’m so glad you liked the quinoa. How about your gastronomic experience living in Tokio? Can you write a post about it? I will love to read it.

  8. I would definitely pay to see this place. I could spend hours petting and playing with the cats……then leave!!! I wouldn’t have to feed or clean litter boxes….just enjoy, then leave. Kind of the way my sister was with my kids (seriously).

  9. I wanted to go here when I was in Japan, but I never got around to it. I guess I’ll have to drag my boyfriend there next time I’m in Tokyo, haha! He’ll be thrilled.

  10. I wonder what those cats think, as cats are not used to live like a pack. And they are usually extremely territorial, so living with 29 more cats will be a torture for my cat.
    But those cats looks pretty used to the idea, they are acting calm even with humans they have never seen before. Usually cats get stressed and aggressive in such situations.
    So, I think it’s like watching animals at zoo, you could never see their natural behavior.
    I would say this is a wonderful blog which gives us something to think about.

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