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The beautiful cats of Tokyo

Tokyo is famous for its beautiful cats.  You’ll find many in cafes over the city.  Many people have them as pets, but there are strays too.  They just walk into a place and take it over.  Some are quite famous and the subject of photographers.  Here are a few of my favorite felines.


I caught this one at Taisoji temple in Shinjuku, near Shinjuku Gyoen. It was waiting for a friendly person who regularly fed it and its friends. They seemed to have everything. All they had to do was laze around and wait for dinner! Such a life. They’ve had an excellent life for the last few years, at least.

Taisoji templecat

Many strays also hang out in cemeteries.  And this attracts cat-lovers who feed them.  You’ll often see signs around the grounds discouraging this practice.   The reason for it is that the felines cause some problems.  Anyway, I caught this one at Somei Cemetery near Sugamo Station.  He ran off a couple of times as I got close, but eventually, I snapped him in the end!


Somei cemetery cat

I don’t think things get better than this.  You’ll find quite a few cats hanging out at temples, which is where I found this guy.  It’s another I’ve seen several times.  When we meet, it is usually on the back verandah of Zojoji.  This time the camera didn’t scare him off.  I was able to get reasonably close and snap off a few pictures.  He didn’t bat an eyelid the whole time.

brown and black cat at Zojoji temple

I found this tabby at East Ikebukuro Central Park, near Sunshine City. It looked like it, and a couple of friends were leading a life of luxury. This one was the most spoilt. Many people seemed drawn to it by the blue and green eyes.

Brown cat with one green eye and one blue eye

This isn’t the end of Tokyo’s beautiful cats. More will be added as time goes. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

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