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Welcome back to another Saturday Timewaster! I hope the next couple hours of your Saturday are clear (otherwise, you’ll need to clear your schedule and cancel that totally unimportant appointment). This post is all about Japanese cat videos… The best there is on the web (at least in my opinion).

This Is Going To Be Tough

If I could, there’d be a thousand Japanese cat videos on this blog post. Unfortunately, I have the very important task of cutting down and showing you the best Japanese cat videos on the web. That’s hard. There are three things you don’t want to talk to friends about (unless you want to lose them as friends). Those things are Politics, Religion, and “The Best Japanese Cat Videos Of All Time.” You just don’t go there. That being said, I’m going to do my best. If something is missing, you’ll have to add it in the comments for me (and I’ll add the best ones from the comments into the post too).

Are you ready to get your time wasted? Let’s do this thing.

Famous Cats

Let’s start with some famous cats. These cats are more well known than a lot of famous people. You may or may not see why in a moment.

Maru

Arguably the most famous cat in the world, Maru-chan is ridiculously cute and ridiculously popular. He works for his popularity, though. This involves jumping into boxes of varying sizes. Here’s an intro video to everything he does.

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Give Maru a box, and he’ll immediately jump in.

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We’re talking any box.

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Actually, maybe not any box…

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But Maru tries really hard whenever given a chance.

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We have a lot of time wasting to go, but there’s plenty more Maru on mugumogu’s YouTube Channel. We have a lot more cat videos to get through, though, so let’s keep at it. I know this is hard for you. Keep persevering through the blinding cuteness.

白ブー

Shirobuu is another favorite of mine. This cat isn’t particularly cute, I’d say… more “Old/Grumpy” in an endearing sort of way. Shirobuu’s owner likes dressing Shirobuu up (that’s where the first million video views come from) and then feeding Shirobuu food at a dinner table where he’s sitting up like a human (second million views come in because of this).

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It gets worse, though. I don’t think the holidays are very fun for him…

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This next one is a video of pictures… but that doesn’t mean the pictures aren’t priceless.

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He also doesn’t quite have the fame as Maru does… he tries, though…

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Shirobuu looks like an awesome cat. I just want to touch his fuwafuwa-ness.

Stationmaster Tama

Stationmaster Tama is a cat that a local train station started promoting as a station master. Japanese people started flocking here to see the cat, and pumped millions of dollars into a small town. In Japan, economic recovery tends to always revolve around cats, for some reason…

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Here he is in a less newsy video:

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Food + Cats

Another theme I’ve come across in my very serious Japanese Cat Video research is Cats + Food. People like to see cats eating (as you probably noticed in Shirobuu’s videos). Like, for example, did you know that cats like corn?

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This next one involves regular cat food (boring!) but it’s being fed to a cat with chopsticks while it stands on its hind legs. Look at it’s little scrunched up face! Cute!

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There’s also this whole “thing” called “neko nabe” (cats in pots). I don’t know what there is to say about this… except that it’s awesome.

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Then, there’s mass neko nabe. CHAOS.

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Ninja Cat

This one is a classic. I’m sure 99% of you have seen it. If you aren’t one of those 99%, though, you must click play now.

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Talking Cat

Unfortunately, this cat only speaks in Japanese. If you know a bit of Japanese, this Japanese Cat Video is pretty remarkable.

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The guy’s saying ただいま (I’m home) and the cat is saying おかえり (Welcome back)

It gets even more crazy, though. The more you want to hear the cat speaking Japanese, the more the cat will speak Japanese. I hope you want to hear it. This is the much longer version of the previous video.

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Cat Island (Tashirojima)

This might be a sore topic for some, but I have to include at least one of my own videos. This is part 1 of Cat Island… Part 2? I’m working on it. I swears!

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Musical Cats:

Although the whole music video is pretty entertaining, you’ll want to jump to about 2:30 if you want to get straight to the cats. Leading up to that point is pretty fun, too, though, but the real cat-gold is about halfway through. Gotta love Japanese music videos…

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This music video actually gives the cats an opportunity to sing. Musashi’s Christmas Song:

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What’s Missing?

I know all of you are bigger Japanese Cat Pros than I am. What’s missing from this list? Post links in the comments and let everyone know. I’ll put the best ones in the post!

P.S. What’s almost better than Cat Videos? Liking Tofugu On Facebook.

P.P.S. What’s better than Cat Videos? Following Tofugu On Twitter.

  • Parker

    Maru is a boy, it says it in a few of the videos.

  • Anonymous

    these videos are so funny!!! i like maru and especially the ninja cat!!!! LOL! i dont know why. 

  • Jack

    The Tashiro cats are alive!!!!!!!

    http://response.jp/article/2011/04/04/154264.html

  • Syhyulki

    You’re missing nyan cat! :X Haha.

  • C J

    猫なべを食べたいですよ。。。少しねぎやジャガイモに足すと美味しいですね ^__^

  • Foozlesprite

    Not technically a cat, though cuteness-lovers should like this: http://www.youtube.com/user/pippihoney.  She posts vids of her adorable duck Meme.  Most of the Japanese/Kanji she uses is fairly simple, and I feel great whenever I can read/understand something in one of the vids :)

  • Foozlesprite

    Not technically a cat, though cuteness-lovers should like this: http://www.youtube.com/user/pippihoney.  She posts vids of her adorable duck Meme.  Most of the Japanese/Kanji she uses is fairly simple, and I feel great whenever I can read/understand something in one of the vids :)

  • Foozlesprite

    Ugh, period at the end of the sentence borked that link.  Try http://www.youtube.com/user/pippihoney

  • Foozlesprite

    Ugh, period at the end of the sentence borked that link.  Try http://www.youtube.com/user/pippihoney

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L4NET7RTKUZZ6UJMR4KPPOVHUQ Pinorita

    They are all adorable! But where is your cat?! Genghis Khan, if I’m not mistaken :)
    I saw her in one of you videos and I just LOVE the way she rolls her eyes! xDDD

  • Anonymous

    Maru throwing himself into a box and sliding across the floor! What cat does that…? Maru!

  • http://twitter.com/stoppableforce Stop

    Yeah, Maru’s most definitely a dude, dude.

  • Constanze K.

    As a fan of Maru and Shirobuu, I’d also recommend you Pokke. http://blog.pokkeboy.com/
    Watch out he’s already sneaking up on you! http://youtu.be/v2LgpAfJD8Q

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    omg, I fail cat. Thank you!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    oh noze, failcat :( fixed, thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/gothic_biscuit Laura

    I don’t know whether to find Shinji and Theo’s relationship cute or creepy (the guy seems to consider his talking cat like a girlfriend)… a bit of both I guess lol! But I love cat videos and Japan (ofc!) so thank you very much for this! :)

  • Ezziboo

    Kumi-chan!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI7gmuY4dK0&feature=feedwll

  • Lia-chan

    I wantz a tofugu sticker! =(

  • metalneko

    Here’s a fun video from our weird western culture stuff~
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TEqeNGHMlI

  • http://twitter.com/cacooney Christine Cooney

    There’s also Stalking Cat 2. http://youtu.be/MEmEN8PFsgI

  • ducky

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tNTcZOpZ7c
    A kitty that shakes its hands

  • Anonymous

    My favorite comment on one of the videos:
    “the point is utter cuteness. cuteness is a national industry in Japan.”

    By the way, do you know the name of what they’re doing in the precious video? I’ve seen the blackdrop+black suit thing in a couple of Japanese videos, but I don’t know if it has a name or something…

  • Anonymous

    My favorite comment on one of the videos:
    “the point is utter cuteness. cuteness is a national industry in Japan.”

    By the way, do you know the name of what they’re doing in the precious video? I’ve seen the blackdrop+black suit thing in a couple of Japanese videos, but I don’t know if it has a name or something…

  • Dolphinwing

    idk if someone mentioned it but there’s the mama cat hugging her kitten video that one is soo cute
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw4KVoEVcr0

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Super cute, but doesn’t look like that one’s Japanese :(

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  • Buttercup

    I LOL at Ninja Cat everytime X) 

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  • Lolwut

    Kublai Khan*

  • Hinoeuma

    Maru rules… everything.

    That si all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.hurd Joshua Hurd

    I found some Japanese cat videos where the owner likes to stack things on top of his cats :D
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvc3w14BfCg

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Seth-Potter/1429577011 Seth Potter

    I liked the ninja cat and your TV show…the rest were just too painful to bear ^_^()…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Seth-Potter/1429577011 Seth Potter

    I liked the ninja cat and your TV show…the rest were just too painful to bear ^_^()…

  • Hajime Crea

    MEG! I love anything by Nakata Yasutaka ^^
    Thanks for this post! These videos are great to watch when you need cheering up.

  • Ananixnk

    SOOOOOO, cute! OMG! Now I want to cuddle up with my kitten Fitzgerald!

  • エスター

    Stationmaster Tama is a calico…so…99% chance she’s a girl.  =^_^=

  • Drury Brennan

    yo you are actually missing the dopest one of all …

    http://www.youtube.com/user/shironekoshiro

    and also, these guys are super adorable

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qq0HjGN8MM&feature=channel_video_title

    so, moral of the comment is: do your homework before you talk BEST videos! cheers mate
     

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.key.1420 Mario’s Kichen

    My cat likes fresh air is sweet when sitting on the trash in the trash or the windowsill and looks as cooks. Little Tiger

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.key.1420 Mario’s Kichen

    http://www.youtube.com/user/MrMariolinux/featured

    just check him . i hope you enjoi ;)

  • nekomoe

    Cats name -Kikunosuke and Rikimaru-

    -The Great Escape Cat-

    http://youtu.be/oWwgtmPUmos

    -Cat Jumping through the Ring -dyson air multiplier-

    http://youtu.be/dDne_PXHrsM

    -Day of Cats Mario-

    http://youtu.be/HDH2olCkWfk