Nara prefecture will have a commemorative event celebrating the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-jo Capital. Their mascot character is hot on the net. Here it is...orz, so weird. Buddha boy with deer horns on his head. It's a combination of Daibutsu and the deer of Nara park. I've said many times that the Japanese love mascot characters, but sometimes characters made by local regions or local events are of such low quality, we call them "yuru chara". In many cases characters are poor in quality because of low budgets (or make no sense like this), but I read it cost 5 million yen to make that deer Buddha! Ahh waste of taxes.
It's Feb 22th "222"and they say today is cat day. Why? In Japanese, 2 is read as "NI"; (like knee) and cats make the sound "Nyan". So somebody decided that today's cat day. (I don't think it's close, but I can easily accept that Jan 11th "1111" is Pocky day). My friend loves cats but she can't have a cat because of her apartment's rules. She said she visited a cat cafe and enjoyed touching and playing with cats. On my blog, recent cat topics were Hello Kitty costume and these crazy costumes. (I guess it will be hard to make a cat wear it.) Cats are pretty cute just the way they are, so I can't understand these clothes.
In the old days, people had an evil image of cats, like the cat monster "bakeneko". Look at this, this a bakeneko in Ukiyoe. My favorite Ukiyoe painter Kuniyoshi draws cats as his motif too, but he would love cats very much, they are cute. This site has a lot of nice cat Ukiyoe and paintings, it was interesting to find that Kabuki had "CATS" already. Check it out.
Kansai Yamamoto is a Japanese fashion designer, his works are very Japanese but 70's style. He made very avant-garde clothes and David Bowie wore his designs on the stage like this and this. An exhibition of his works will be held in Tokyo. I think I will go check it out.