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Hello Kitty! Here’s the ‘demon cat’ that’s captivated (and terrified) Japan

A black cat with long ear-fur resembling horns has caused quite a stir in Japan’s cyberspace.

Photos of the feline fiend have spread across the internet, prompting a surge of comments, shares and likes from users of the website

Cats are well-known for their cold, somewhat devilish traits, and Japan has a history of popular moggy mythology including the maneki-neko, the ‘beckoning cat’ talisman often seen in restaurant windows, and nekomata, the collective name for a group of supernatural cats which feature in Japanese folklore.

In contemporary culture Hello Kitty, the cute cat cartoon designed by Japanese company Sanrio in the 1970s, is a staple figure. Perhaps she’s finally met her match!


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Sadie Hale


Staff Writer Sadie is interning with shinyshiny over the summer. She loves travel, music, drinking iced coffee, and seeking out weird and wonderful events to go to. In her spare time she gets nostalgic about the '60s and explores (gets lost in) London on her bike.

Sadie HaleHello Kitty! Here’s the ‘demon cat’ that’s captivated (and terrified) Japan