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Meet The Robotic Cushion That Wags It’s Tail Like a Cat

This adorable gadget that offers the sweetness and presence of a cat or a dog to anyone who can't own a pet (as it's often the case in apartments in Japan) or just misses him when he is away. It will sure tag its way into your heart.

Japanese company Yukai Engineering has studied the behavior of cats and dogs as far as the effects on the movements of their tails and came up with Qoobo: a soft, round cushion with a robotic tail that reacts to strokes, just as a loving pet would."Tails: a communication tool that doesn't require words," the demo video begins. It goes on to show everyone who might find peace with the "cushion-tailed therapy robot": young people living alone in immaculate apartments, children, the elderly. The process to healing is easy: just give it a good pat and watch the cushion's tail wag softly in response. It'll also wag and curl the tail on its own, via an accelerometer in the pillow.


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These Giant Animals Made Of Straw Invaded Japanese Fields After Rice Harvest

Fall is a season of harvesting, and festivals to celebrate it are currently taking place all over the world. In Northern Japan, the Wara Art Festival recently rang in the September-October rice season, and it's a wildly inventive and fun way to repurpose rice straw left over from the harvest.


animals made of straw in Japan
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This Is How Life With 12 Cats Looks Like

The Japan-based owner of 12 fancy kitties, who proudly describes herself as a "full-time cat mom" reveals what it's like to live with spoiled indoor chinchilla Persians and breaks all the cat lady stereotypes: "I'm happy, so it doesn't really matter what other people think about me having this many cats"- the woman told Catster. On her instagram account, she shares photos of her daily life with those 12 gorgeous cats.   

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All Aboard The First Cat Cafe Train Filled With Adorable Fluff!

Trains. Another public transportation system in which people usually pass the time on their phones, books, or just stare out the window and just day dream until arriving at their destination. Sounds relaxing enough… but you know what might be just a lot better? (This being said you're a cat person and aren't allergic to them…)

Playing with a bunch of kittens while waiting to get to your destination!

Come aboard the first ever cat café train… oh but it's in Japan (duh).

a funny story about a cat cafe on a train
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Here Are The Craziest Animal Cafe’s In Tokyo

Cat cafés are becoming more and more popular around the world, but Tokyo is already ahead of the game once again, innovating the industry with new ways to interact with the animals. From bunny theme parks to reptiles with lunch, tour Tokyo's wildest animal cafés. Via: The Culture Trip


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Hamsters Are The Cutest Bartenders In The World

Imagine going to your favorite local bar only to find a hamster ready to take your order and serve your every need. This might not be a typical fantasy, but it was for one Twitter user known as Kawanabesatou. By day, Kawanabesatou oversees grave sites but in his free time, he uploads photos of his pet hamsters tending bar, serving sushi, selling tombstones, and relaxing in their hamster homes. The resulting photos are, you guessed it, adorable. Check out these adorable photos, and you too can start dreaming of a world where hamsters take your order and serve you spiked drinks.


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Photographer Captures The Beautiful Relationship Between Her Grandmother And a Stray Cat

17 years ago, photographer Miyoko Ihara has started to take photographs of her grandmother, Misao. Miyoko wanted to leave a living proof of her. One day, her grandmother found an odd-eyed kitten in the shed. She named the cat "Fukumaru" in hope that "God of fuku (good fortune) comes and everything will be smoothed over like maru (circle)". Even though she is 91 years old, she still go out into the fields every day and Fukumaru always accompany her. The grandmother whose hearing become weak and Fukumaru who has hearing disabilities are always looking into each other's eyes and feeling warmth each other.
Seeing that the strong bond and love between the two shines out of every photo, Miyoko published a hard cover portrait album, called "Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat". Check out the pictures below and feel the rush of good emotions!

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