Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sushi Cat

I've actually encountered the phrase "sushi cat" before, but had no idea where it came from. Then, a few weeks ago I was at the Bic Camera electronics depot and I noticed this in with their wall of capsule ball machines. The one on the right is for "Exhausted Cats".

This is the little pamphlet from the capsule, showing 7 total designs for series 2. Kitan Club is the same company that gave us the Fuchiko office lady that hangs around on your office supplies.

Sushi Cat is a small (1") laminated metal plate with a clip you can use to attach it to a key chain, cell phone strap, or your backpack. 200 yen ($1.80 USD). Mine has its own little backpack, so it's very "meta" hanging on my pack. My specific sushi cat is "Toromi, everyone's idol. She is currently searching for her first love."

From the English section of the website:

"Neko-Sushi is an extremely unusual life-form consisting of a cat on top of a portion of sushi rice.

Although several references have come down to us through history from various researchers and witnesses, their existence is still shrouded in mystery and actual sightings remain rare.

There are several academics who have devoted their lives to the study of  these creatures. According to a number of these, Neko-Sushi make use of gaps in space to come to us from an alternate dimension. Beyond these “gaps” lies the world of the Neko-Sushi in which, it is recently understood, lies the true identity of the cats that dwell with us here in the human dimension."

Zen and Sushi Cats:

"We know the rule of Sushi - fish on top of rice.
On the other hand we know the rule cats eat fish.
Cats sit on rice, where fish is supposed to be - why?
Contradiction and mystery in this world is always center of the cryptic questions among Japanese zen monks.
And this is another Zen question - why Cats sit on rice instead of fish, not eating them? - the great zen question, which proves the magical power of Sushi Cats.""

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