Cats Are the Cutest Guides to Japan

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Ever dream of visiting Japan? Wonder what it’s like in spring? Or fall? Here, let these cats show you.

These cats are the “image characters” for Jalan, a travel site in Japan. The older cat is “Nyalan” (“nya” is “meow” in Japanese), and his apprentice is “Deshi.” They’ve appeared in commercials for a while now in Japan.

The photos are terrific. You can really get a good idea of the typical things Japanese people like to do in spring, summer, fall, and winter. There are seasonal flowers blooming, seasonal food, and seasonal activities—whether that’s flying a kite during New Year’s or watching the cherry blossoms.

Not every activity is unique to Japan (of course!) and this is an idealized depiction (of course!). Still, the cats show how Japanese people usually view each part of the year.