A giant cat has suddenly appeared in the Shinjuku city of Tokyo, Japan. And it has become the talk of the town. The big cat, projected on a large vision screen, moves freely around the screen and looks down at the people passing by.
During the day, it frequently appears in between advertising videos. So many pedestrians are so surprised that they stop walking to look at it. People are talking about how it looks just like the movie scene from “Back to the Future 2”.
At the last broadcast time of the night, the cat yawns loudly and goes to sleep. The cute expressions on their faces are soothing.
【本日の猫🐈動画 7月9日(金)】— 新宿東口の猫 (@cross_s_vision) July 9, 2021
The building’s name is “Cross Shinjuku Vision” in Shinjuku city, Tokyo, which features a huge 154.7 square meter screen area with 4K quality.
There are also Twitter and YouTube channels, and YouTube seems to be broadcasting LIVE video. Unfortunately, the angle is not 3D, so it is not as impactful as it could be.
Why A Cat?
I read an interview article about the person in charge of the project, and he said it was because there are many symbolic animal characters in the cities of Tokyo. For example;
- Shibuya City：Hachi (dog)
- Ikebukuro City: Ikefukurou (owl)
That’s why a Japanese calico cat (Mikeneko) was chosen for Shinjuku city.
By the way, the cat doesn’t have a name yet as of July 2021. The reason may have come from the first sentence of the famous Japanese literature, “I am a cat” written by Souseki Natsume. It begins with “I am a cat. I have, as yet, no name.”.
The name of the Twitter account also sounds cold and very descriptive, “A Cat at Shinjuku East Exit (新宿東口の猫)”. So, I guess there will be a poll to decide the name soon.
Where Can We See A Shinguku Cat?
Shinjuku Cat stays just outside the east exit of JR Shinjuku Station.
The time schedule is 25 times per hour, and broadcasting time is basically from 7:00 am to 1:00 am. Due to the COVID-19 situation, there is a possibility that the airtime is shortened to avoid crowds. There are a certain number of Social Distancing Police in Japan, so it can’t be helped. According to the producer, they are planning to make more versions of the videos. Looking forward to seeing what kind of cute cats will appear in Tokyo.