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Public cats of Tokyo

The city's business kitties, named, shamed and documented

Can Tokyoites ever get enough of cats? Not only are felines taking over the internet – they're also expanding their presence from our fair city's homes, alleyways and parks to stores, cafés and restaurants, purringly tricking unsuspecting customers into ordering yet another coffee or piece of cake in exchange for a few more minutes with his or her meowy majesty. Our Public cat series aims to find, name and shame these business-minded kitties, uncovering their whereabouts and letting you know exactly how to, uh, avoid falling for their charms.

The cat file

11: Kato Shoten, Takadanobaba
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11: Kato Shoten, Takadanobaba

Bukko and Shiro stand guard over the fruit and veg

10: Eigakan, Hakusan
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10: Eigakan, Hakusan

The jazzy Kotaro reigns over a cinematically named café in Hakusan

9: Musubi, Kunitachi
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9: Musubi, Kunitachi

Meet the moustachioed Toto, here to assist with decorating your living room

8: Tit Chai, Shimokitazawa
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8: Tit Chai, Shimokitazawa

Meet the Thai food-hawking Em

7: Magenta Magenta, Harajuku
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7: Magenta Magenta, Harajuku

Which came first, the cat or the shop? Magenta reigns supreme at his namesake shop in Harajuku

6: Decora, Kita-Senju
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6: Decora, Kita-Senju

Buy some flowers while keeping an eye out for Hone, the stray cat

5: Benkeibashi, Akasaka-Mitsuke
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5: Benkeibashi, Akasaka-Mitsuke

Purring, fluffy business kitties Tomari and Kuro advertise boat outings in central Tokyo

4: Indo Sarasa, Higashi–Ikebukuro
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4: Indo Sarasa, Higashi–Ikebukuro

Meet Kin and Gin, the odd-couple siblings

3: Masuya Café, Kikukawa
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3: Masuya Café, Kikukawa

Renge and Rana draw in unsuspecting lunchers out east

2: Glasses Workshop Rozy, Nishi-Ogikubo
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2: Glasses Workshop Rozy, Nishi-Ogikubo

Hena acts like a dog in a spectacle shop

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