Today Is Cat Day In Japan

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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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.