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Pics From Tokyo's Bakeneko Festival: A Halloween Cat-Themed Parade

Pics From Tokyo's Bakeneko Festival: A Halloween Cat-Themed Parade

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Show of hands: who else is thinking we need one of these in the good ole US of A? On Sunday, Tokyo's Bakeneko Festival celebrated "Supernatural Cats" with a parade featuring people of all shapes and sizes dressed as - cats!


The Kagurazaka neighborhood, where the parade took place, is the setting of a novel by Netsuke Soseki called, "I Am A Cat," which features a cat's point of view on Japanese society.

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Anyone could march in the parade. The only catch - you had to be dressed as a cat!

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From Huffington Post:

The term “Bakeneko” means “changed cat” and is used in Japanese folklore for cats that have developed supernatural powers, usually in their old age, according to Yokai.com.

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This video shows participants getting into their costumes and footage of the parade itself:

And of course actual cats were not left out!

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Alright, so who wants to help us plan the first US Bakeneko Festival?! Taking applications now!

Image Credits: TokyoCheapo.comFacebook.com

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