Cat Cafe. Cats are served, not as sides, but as dining companions.

MEOW MEOW MEOW

I LIKE TO HAVE TEA WITH CATS IN JAPAN BECAUSE I’M SHY

By Tomokazu Kosuga

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY TOMOKAZU KOSUGA
TRANSLATED BY LENA OISHI

Cat cafés are huge in Japan right now. As the name suggests, these are coffee shops where cat lovers go to sip overpriced lattes and hang out with an adorable smoosh pile of kitties. In the past five years, exactly 79 such cafés have popped up all over Japan. What’s weird is that the café cats aren’t expensive pedigreed felines like Persians or those other ones with the funny bendy ears, they’re just the everyday mixed breeds you might find in the back lot of your local supermarket, cats who, in the immortal words of Brian Setzer, “slink down the alley, looking for a fight/Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night.” Likewise, in the past few years, there’s been an explosion of photo books and DVDs featuring average-joe cats. If people are so fascinated by what are essentially domesticated alley cats, why don’t they just swoop one up from the legions of strays all over Japan and take them home? I’ll tell you why: because landlords in Japan are dicks.

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We eat with our eyes right? Yes, literally.

Tjalf Sparnaay is a Netherlands-born, London-based artist whose oil paintings are ridiculously hyper-realistic. When I first saw these images I assumed they were photographs. Sparnaay is an expert at taking everyday, throwaway items such as discarded Cola cans and a bag of chips, removing the items from their environment, and turning them into textured works of art, no shadow, wrinkle or crevice overlooked. Sparnaay calls his style “Mega-Realism.” More about the artist here.

Official Launch Event Of SAUCE

ED: The official launch of SAUCE, a restaurant grill & bar at the Esplanade was a night of good food & drinks, socialites and party vibes mixed together creating a lavish spectacle. This is the very first F&B venture by the party masters, owners of The Butter Factory Bobby and Ritz! There’s no doubt about it, they sure know how to throw the best parties! The hype was immense, with free flow Asahi beers by the outdoor bar to get the party started, pretty SAUCE girls serving free SAUCE’s signature mini burgers and Butter Factory’s DJ Dave to drop the beats! SAUCE also showcases a lovely outdoor grass porch where the Butter VIPS and guest socialized while sipping on SAUCE’s Dirty Lemonade cocktail. Ladies were seen on comfy colourful sofas buried in gossips while occasional checking out the topless hunk in jeans posing with his lawn mower.

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Coffee Club (Market Street) + Terracotta Warriors Exhibition

Rach: I usually don’t feel like blogging about mainstream chain cafes. But I had good lighting that day! Partially because the cafe looks like a green house (well, technically glass house) which allowed a vast amount of sunlight to shine in. So some pictures to whip up that appetite of yours! It was practically like a ghost town in Raffles Place on a Saturday, hence the cafe was rather serene. It would be a nice place to chill which some friends or alone (just bring some magazines, drink some tea, have some cakes), so… very… peaceful~~~

On to the ordering! There was a 1 for 1 promotion. Unfortunately there was only three of us. We could have gotten another dish for free but we weren’t feeling like cows that day. Why waste food just because it’s free right?

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Hairloom & Caramel Cafe + A trip to the ArtScience Museum

Rach: Why hello there! Prepare yourself for a picture-heavy post! I had to sieve out massive hundreds of pictures not only from my camera but my other two friends’ cameras as well! It was crazy… So I’ll be splitting this post into two. For this special day we actually woke up at 8am (well most of us did) and our day didn’t end till after midnight. Explains the amount of pictures we accumulated! One of my awesome friend’s birthday you see… 🙂

Nope, we don’t do crazy parties where everyone makes each other gag and drunk. Food and Art will pretty much summarize this post… cos that’s how we roll 😉

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