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14 Photos of Seriously Relaxed Monkeys in Hot Springs

These monkeys in Japan have seriously mastered the art of relaxation. Whether they've had a long day of finding food or grooming each other, these monkeys have settled down for the extreme relaxation that only a hot spring can provide. Here are 14 pictures of monkeys that have reached the level of relaxation we all aspire to. For more animal photos, have a look at these cute shoulder animals

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Man Saves The Forgotten Cats At The Fukushima's Nuclear Zone

For over a decade, Sakae Kato has stayed behind in Fukushima, rescuing cats abandoned by neighbors who fled the radiation clouds emanating from the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant. He refuses to leave. 

His story is one of heartbreak and selflessness, and we are thankful for all the work that he's done. 

"I want to make sure I am here to take care of the last one," Kato said from his home in the contaminated quarantine zone. "After that I want to die, whether that be a day or hour later."

Read more about his incredible story below.

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This is one seriously chill capybara! And this capybara is certainly living the good life!

When one capybara, who was chilling to the max within the hot spring, spontaneously emerges with a mandarin orange upon its head, it was a moment of beauty and amazement for all. It was perfectly balanced, as all things should be. Who could resist a capybara where an orange as a hat? Not many people in this world, including us. 

This is why we're sharing this holy video with you, for you to feel connected to this capybara and the moment it reached enlightenment. Doesn't get any better than this, folks! 

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Japanese Inn Allows Sleepovers With Cats To Encourage Adoption

This is the greatest idea ever!

If you've always wanted a cat, and just wasn't sure about what living and sleeping with a cat would be like, this one Japanese Inn located in the hot spring town of Yugawara, Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan might be the answer to your questions! My Cat Yugawara, a lovely inn that has a really unique offering... the chance of having a sleepover trial with a potential adoptee! 

In Japan, inns are known as 'ryokans,' and you'll be able to distinguish a ryokan from any common inn, a ryokan has more a minimalist design, futons for sleeping on a mat on the floor, traditionally paper walls, and communal baths (in this case, hot springs as well). What truly sets this inn apart from others is the opportunity to help cats find a forever home. Potential cat owners, who are unsure about living with a cat due to various living conditions, can really have their eyes opened by booking a room with a cuddly and adorable feline. Some rooms at the inn can house up to five people, letting a whole family experience a day in the life of having a cat. 

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Round And Insanely Adorable: Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel

The cutest squirrel EVER. Yup. We said it. 

The Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel looks like a real-life Disney character brought to life. Those giant eyes, that perfect round body, those giant eyes -- again! We're in love. We want to be surrounded by these squirrels as we sing nonsense about washing the dishes or folding the laundry. 

The Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel is native to Japan, you'd find it in the "sub-alpine forests and boreal evergreen forests on Honshu and Kyushu islands." And good news, this squirrel faces absolutely no threats and is listed as "least-concern species".

We don't know much of this world but we do know we love this squirrel. 


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Aww-dorable Japanese Cat-Related Comics

Cats are cats, even in Japan! 

If you're a cat owner, you don't have to understand Japanese to understand the context behind each one of these comics... It would help, no doubt, but it's not completely necessary. 

Artist @kyuryuZ or Cure Z on NekoNavi.jp has a gift for conveying the story past a language barrier. Below are some of the wonderful comics we simply had to share, along with some google translations of the story to each. 

Remember to read from Right to Left

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Cats Dressed Up As Japanese Treats

You know that classic saying, "you are what you eat"? Well, one cat owner took that quite literally, and the results could not be cuter!

We often say you're in for a treat, and this time, you really are in for one delicious, and oh so scrumptious, treat! 

These delicious furballs belong to Instagram user, @kibimomo, and all of their images are simply precious. It's a page filled with cats, food, and overall adorableness. What more could a person want? 

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Incredibly Talented Japanese Balloon Artist Creates Detailed Sculptures

We've shown you Masayoshi Matsumoto's incredible balloon sculpturing talent before, and now we're back with more amazing pictures of his skilled creations. From famous cartoon characters to the cutest little animals, Masayoshi is the balloon extraordinaire you didn't know you need in your life. Scroll through and enjoy his creations! 

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Japanese Owner Documents His Cats Obsession With Paper Sliding Doors

Anyone who lives with cats and owns a Shoji, those traditional Japanese paper sliding doors, knows that the required maintenance for paper is a lot more frequent because cats are the natural enemy of a shut shoji door.

Japanese Twitter user Kokonananya (@kokonananya) knows this very well as his cats are obsessed with them. 

Every once in a while he posts on Twitter funny photos of them causing shoji door havoc. 

This last time, however, Kookonananya caught his cats red-pawed at the crime scene, and their adorable reaction was priceless.  


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Japanese Artist Creates a Beautiful Photo Shoot Of Cosplaying Cats

Adorable cat cosplay is certainly nothing new, but Japanese Twitter user and cosplay enthusiast Yagyou (@YagyouNEKO) takes things to the next level with a beautiful photo shoots that make it appear as if the feline cosplayers are posing in the world of their respective anime. 

Yagyou takes advantage of local shrines, bridges, and rich nature colored by the seasons to provide beautiful backdrops for his cosplaying cats. 

We just love it! 

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These cats are living the life! I mean, who wouldn't want a personal chef?

While we're sitting here with our cup of noodles, JunsKitchen has created a full course meal for his cats! 

As written by Jun, "I tried to make a traditional-style Japanese meal for my cats! It's a set menu (miso soup, rice with furikake, and fish) except the food is all made out of cat-safe ingredients."

Sounds delicious! 

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Series Of Heartwarming Pics Capture Womans Relationship With Her Shiba Inu

The bond we have with our pets are so deep, it's difficult to put into words how much we love them and how strong those bonds we've created are.

There is someone who managed to capture that love and bond, in a series of stunning and heartwarming pics.

That photographer is Yasuto. A Japan-based photographer who captured the pure love and deep connection between this woman and her Shiba Inu. The images go beyond love, each snapshot is a work of art. 

These images were featured on Yasuto's Twitter page.

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Cats And Dogs As Noble Warriors (Art)

Such Regality. Much Monarch.

Japanese illustrator and sometimes manga artist, @PonkichiM, has created a series, titled "Dog Night Story," of cats and dogs dressed in medieval armor as noble warriors. 

And we're 100% here for it. 



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The weather is starting to get quite chilly, so it's time to whip out the futons and snuggle up under blankets!

Just like Maru, the cat, is doing in this video. We take it that it must be really warm and comfy in that futon... any chance we can squeeze in and cuddle with you? 

In the mood for more cat action? Check our 200 of the best cat memes of the decade! 

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Japanese Design Studio Offers a Cat Friendly Modern Apartments And We Are Starting To Pack

Sim-Plex Design Studio designs a chic pet-friendly modern apartment in Hong Kong for a young couple and an elderly parent. The design of the living abode is specifically created to accommodate a cat and a parrot within the living situation. The Hong Kong-based firm focuses on fostering a rather divided contemporary layout that will allow both parties to have the option to experience the privacy and the joys of communal living. However, a key feature of the distribution of elements within the pet-friendly modern apartment was assuring that the cat and parrot are not in direct contact as one can predict what would happen given what we know of how cats interact with birds. As a result, the flat accommodates the parrot with a sizable cage next to a west-facing window, while the cat receives "a litter tray and a space to play and move around." We are in love! Check out these cute photos. Via: Trend Hunter

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Turn Your Cat Into A Cute Train Conductor With These Cardboard Scratcher Trains

Thanks to Japanese retailer Felissimo, even cats will get to pretend-travel distances far and wide in fancy cardboard trains! What's great about it being made of cardboard is that it also acts as a cardboard scratcher for the cats, so it's not only cute but practical. There are loads of other ways a cat can make use of the trains, like poke its paws through the various holes or climb on top. The trains are probably ideal for cat owners with more than one feline in the house, since Felissimo offers all three colors as a 3-month subscription-style service where one arrives each month. Orders can be made online, with each train available at a cost of 2,748 yen (USD$25). Via: Grapee

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