In the US, National Cat Day is on October 29. But in Japan, it’s today.

While not a national holiday (you still have to work, cat lovers!), the game has been marked in Japan since 1987. In comparison, National Cat Day was first celebrated in 2005 in the US.

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Why is Cat Day on February 22 in Japan? According to Matome Naver, it’s a wordplay on the Japanese for “nyan” (meow) and the number “ni” (two). “Nyan nyan nyan” is 2/22, or Cat Day in Japan.

On Twitter, Feline fans are posting pictures and art under the tag #猫の日:

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Two things:

1.) I want that slime cushion! Nevermind that my cat would immediately occupy it (as the cat in the picture has done) and deny me access to it—as a Dragon Quest fanboy, I need that thing in my life.

2.) My cat informs me that human attempts to confine “Cat Day” to a single period on the calendar are, like most human endeavors, foolish and doomed to failure. Every day is Cat Day, and those who forget this fact will suffer the hissing wrath of our furry overlords.

...or, at the very least, they will suffer unburied poop in the litter box.

(Seriously, my cat does this when he’s pissed. I’m convinced that his bowels are actually a series of tunnels that connect directly to deepest pits of darkest hell.)

Happy National Cat Day, Japan!