For some reason, the Japanese seem to love cats more than any other nation, almost to the point of fanaticism. In the Tokyo neighborhood of Kagurazaka, cat enthusiasts celebrate a festival honoring “ghost cats.”
The Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival celebrates the neighborhood’s connection to cats, which stems from a satirical Japanese novel called I Am A Cat by Natsume Soseki. The term “Bakeneko” means “changed cat” and is used in Japanese folklore for cats that have developed supernatural powers.
This odd cat festival is open to anyone as long as they appear dressed as a cat in some way. To read more about this ghost cat festival, click here.