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Black Cats Only! World’s First Black Cat Cafe in Himeji City



Black cats are believed to bring bad luck; such superstition is true in Japan too.
Despite their unfortunate reputations, there are many cat fans who absolutely love black cats.
If you are one of them, “Cat Cafe Nekobiyaka -Kuroneko cm-” in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture might be a perfect place to visit! This is the world’s first cat cafe in which the feline residents are all black cats!

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In memory of Wasabichan – Japan’s Cutest Kitten Has Passed Away


Wasabichan, Japan’s most beloved kitten on Twitter has passed away on August 27th, 18:30 in Japan time. We’ve been covering Wasabichan’s story since July, when she appeared on internet in her adorable knitted mushroom suit and her tarako suit.


These suits were made to hold her down during the tube feeding, as she was not able to swallow her food due to the severe injuries in her throat and jaws. The suits keep her from struggling, as any movements during the tube feeding could injure her stomach or throats.

@jessiepon rescued Wasabichan on June 2nd, 2013.
I truly admire the owner’s dedication for the past three months. It’s all because of her dedication, Wasabichan was able to live, even though it was only for a short period of time, and know what it’s like to be loved and cared by someone. Wasabichan also had a great companion, the golden retriever Ponchan, who cared for Wasabichan and played with her, which was what every kitten needs.

I’m going to post the last photos of Wasabichan from @jessiepon’s account.

Aug 13, 2013

Aug 14, 2013

Wasabichan got wet from being around Ponchan when she was taking a shower! Keeping warm in the blanket.

Aug 15, 2013

Aug 16, 2013

With Wasabichan’s favorite Granny. (Grandma is the one who makes all her knitted outfits)

Aug 17, 2013

Yuko Higuchi (@nekonoborisu), a good friend of @jessiepon and a professional illustrator/painter, visited Wasabichan. Yuko has drawn many pieces of artwork based on Wasabichan.

Aug 18, 2013

Wasabichan slowly gained strength back and her weight increased to 1040 grams at this point. When she was first found, she was malnutritioned and weighed only 210 grams.

Aug 19, 2013

Though with difficulty, Wasabichan kept trying to practice eating food on her own. She was able to swallow a dried cat food after many practices.

Aug 20, 2013

Aug 23, 2013

Aug 24, 2013

Aug 24, 2013

Aug 24, 2013

Wasabichan is getting sleepy from chasing Ponchan. According to the owner, Wasabichan is always the one who chases, and she’s never been chased by Ponchan. What a kind friend!

Aug 25, 2013

Wasabichan’s weight has increased to 1150 grams. Everything seemed like getting better.

Aug 26, 2013

Aug 26, 2013

Aug 27, 2013

On August 26th, Wasabichan was feeling ill and threw up a few times. She received a shot from the vet to prevent nausea. On the next day, August 27th, her condition fell critical and was immediately hospitalized.

Aug 27, 2013

Later that night, around 6:30 in the evening, Wasabichan has passed away.
@jessiepon delivered the message to her followers on Twitter that night.

“Wasabi has passed away around 18:30. She did not give up until her last moment. Thank you for all the kind messages and support you’ve been giving us.”


The last tweet has been retweeted by more than thirty thousand people.
On Twitter, you can see hundreds of messages and comments from Wasabichan’s fans grieving the loss.

We will all miss you. Rest in peace Wasabichan.

See our previous posts on Wasabichan to see the rest of the earlier photos.

Japan’s Famous Rescue Cat Wasabichan Latest Updates! Something Has Happened to Wasabichan’s Health

You’ve read a touching story of Wasabichan, a kitten rescued by a kind current owner @jessiepon when she was being attacked by crows. She is the kitten who dresses up in a knitted mushroom and a tarako (salted cod roe) in order to get fed with a catheter safely.
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We are going to follow up on Wasabichan’s progress today! If you’ve signed up for our Mailing List, you’ve been getting weekly updates on her. Let’s see how she’s been doing this past month!


Wasabichan is now able to cover her waste with cat liter! Waiting for mom’s approval?


Wasabichan in her new matryoshka outfit! It’s slightly smaller than the previous tarako outfit, seems like?

I as a Rinkya blog writer chose not to post this photo here (07-11-2013) because some people may not like to see it.
The photo shows insider Wasabichan’s mouth, which is injured and slowly healing.
Please use your own judgment to see the photo!
@jessiepon describes, “Her upper chin is slightly off to left because of the bone fracture, and the lower chin is shifted to right.”


@jessiepon: “Today’s Wasabichan! She refuses to eat the baby food, so we are back to feeding with the catheter and milk. We tried using a syringe for feeding, but from the second meal she started to struggle. It could be just she’s in a bad mood today.” 


A short video posted on Instagram showing how the catheter feeding works. She is trying hard to eat, even though it’s not the most comfortable way to do so. Wasabichan is in a cute kimono outfit!


@jessiepon: “Today’s Wasabichan! She managed to nibble on a soft for kittens called ‘Katsuo-Ippon’ [a bonito fish snack]. All the parts she chewed fell on the floor, but one can’t learn something in one day. We’ll try more practicing everyday!”


@jessiepon: “Wasabi-chan can now jump up on the couch she wasn’t able to before! Ponchan the dog is a bit exhausted and sighs at playful Wasabi-chan.”
*Ponchan is the dog’s name.



@jessiepon: “We didn’t buy a new bed for Wasabi-chan at first because she was full of lice. Granny modified Ponchan’s old bedding into Wasabi-chan’s, but it’s getting too small for her!”


@jessiepon: “Today’s Wasabichan!  She looked cold, so I fed her warm milk by catheter today. After she warmed up, she got really hyper and playful. She kept biting on Ponchan’s tail too!”


@jessiepon“Today’s Wasbichan! We saw our vet today and received lots of good news! First, Wasabichan gained 100 grams of weight! Second, the tear on her upper jaw has healed! Lastly, her left eye shows a sign of papillary light reflex! It’s slightly weaker, but so is the right eye!”

Seemed like everything was going well. Then, Something Happened to Wasabichan’s Health…

@jessiepon: “[Wasabichan] Had seizures on the way to the vet, at the clinic, and on the way back home. She’s having seizures every half hour after she got home. Her latest blood test shows a little bit of dehydration but it’s not at the level to be worried about. Everything else looked fine. The vet did her best for treatment too.”


@jessiepon“Stopped by a gas station on the way. She’s tired, and due to the medication she’s asleep now. We think she has an epilepsy.”


@jessiepon: “Today’s Wasabichan. She had three seizures today, so we had to use an suppository on her. I consulted with our vet to ask how many times I can use it. The clinic was closed today, but she kindly guided me with instructions. I’m very thankful. Ponchan is offering her nose to play with when she visits Wasabichan.”


@jessiepon: “She still has seizures, but it’s not weakening her body. She is not full of energy either  though. She hates the suppository, so whenever I try to use it she attacks my hands until they are covered with scratches.”

Ganbatte Wasabichan! I really hope she gets better and grows up to be a healthy happy cat.
You can check latest Wasabichan updates on @jessiepon’s Twitter account, or you can sign up on our Mailing List, delivering weekly updates on Wsabichan in English.