Skating Dogs, Robots and Police Neko – Out And About In Tokyo #1

Chris Kirkland

The streets of Tokyo are quite often a colorful delicatessen of delicious and bizarre eye candy. So, we’ve decided to start a periodic column providing you with some select highlights from some of the random curiosities we’ve spied whilst out and about in Tokyo.

PatLabor in Harajuku

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You know you’ve lived in Tokyo too long when a giant robot figure being transported on the back of a large truck rolls past and you don’t upload a photo to the interwebs. This was actually the second time I saw this robot in a couple of days, and since it’s not actually that uncommon to catch a glimpse of some gargantuan Gandumesque figure, I didn’t hurriedly snap a photo with my cheap smartphone the first time. This particular chap is called PatLabor apparently, and is the most retweeted thing I’ve ever uploaded to twitter.


Cats #1 – Police Neko

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The world needs to take a leaf out of Japan’s book on policing drunk driving. This poster on the streets of Shibuya is a police warning about drunk driving, it features a feline character know as Nameneko urging drivers that, “Drunk driving is unforgivable. Stop the road accidents!!”.

Cats #2 – Pile of Persian Cats

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There’s a chap in Tokyo who wheels about a stroller containing about six persian cats, and as soon as he stops the crowds of photo snapping young Japanese women chirping “kawaii” descend like ganets on a discarded sandwich at the beach.

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Cats # – Cat Study House

This is a study house for your cats, a bargain at 12,800yen!

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Dogs #1 – Skating Dog

In the Sunday same afternoon at Yoyogi park we spied, a skating Dog:

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Dogs #2 – Doggie Bag

And a dog being carried what I can only describe as a “doggie bag” (note its feet can’t touch the ground)

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Dog #3 – Will You Be A Dog?

A face mask cosmetic product found in the store Donki:

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Here Comes The Rain Again

Rainy season has just begun in Tokyo, so about 6 weeks of humidity and intermittent drizzle await – yay! However expect at least a few nice sunsets, plus it’s firefly season.

rainy season sunset

And some epic cloud formations (click for the full panorama):

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That’s it for this “Out and About in Tokyo”, stay tuned for another one soon!


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