By now, it’s probably clear for everyone how obsessed Japanese are with cats. They were the ones that came up with the cat café concept, they maintain an island full of cats and they continuously invent the craziest cat-themed items you could think of – yes, the spray that makes things smell like your cat’s head came from a Japanese company.
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So, no wonder they also have a cat day in Japan. And even though other countries have something similar, it doesn’t reach the proportions it reaches in Japan. And it has been going on for 29 years already. Apparently, in 1987 an Executive Cat Day Committee launched the holiday and set the official date on February 22.
In Japan it’s called “Neko no Hi” but it’s known as “Nyan nyan nyan day”. The Japanese meow is nyan and number 2 is ni, which sounds similar to nyan. So if you put the date in numbers 22/2 (ni ni ni), it sounds like “nyan nyan nyan”. And so the date was chosen on February 22 to celebrate our furry feline friends.
And what exactly happens on this day besides the obvious social media flood of pictures of people with their cats? Well, everything you can think of!
From cat-shaped food and cat-themed items, to cat portraits and cat dressing up. And of course it’s not just on social media. There are also press releases to let people know which restaurant has cat-shaped sushi or rice balls, or which bakery has the best cat-shaped doughnuts or which cat café has happy hours or the best cat-shaped biscuits.
Just check the pictures and see the craziness for yourself!