Tuesday, May 17, 2011

a tea party

"Heard you liked tea, Nan."

"Please join me and we'll have a rockin' tea party."

"I'll fill your cup for you"

Ozzie can watch 'cause tea makes him hyper.

"Honestly Ry, I think tea makes your hair curly"

 "Did I show you that I can walk now, Nan?"
"Oh yes, I heard the news, Ry.  Nan's very proud."

"Drop by for my birthday party on Saturday, Nan. I'm turning 1"

"See you then, Ry. Nan loves ya"

As requested....If you wanted the recipe for the blueberry banana muffins it was posted January 7, 20ll.

Cats should not drink tea but  I do love their company while I enjoy a cup.

They have the right idea in Japan for cat-lovers/tea-totalers.

Cat cafés are huge in Japan right now. As the name suggests, these are coffee shops where cat lovers go to sip overpriced lattes and hang out with an adorable smoosh pile of kitties. In the past five years, exactly 79 such cafés have popped up all over Japan. What’s weird is that the café cats aren’t expensive pedigreed felines like Persians or those other ones with the funny bendy ears, they’re just the everyday mixed breeds you might find in the back lot of your local supermarket, cats who, in the immortal words of Brian Setzer, “slink down the alley, looking for a fight/Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night.” Likewise, in the past few years, there’s been an explosion of photo books and DVDs featuring average-joe cats. If people are so fascinated by what are essentially domesticated alley cats, why don’t they just swoop one up from the legions of strays all over Japan and take them home? I’ll tell you why: because landlords in Japan are dicks.

Thirty-eight-year-old Norimasa Hanada, the owner of Neko no mise (Shop of Cats), Tokyo’s first-ever cat café, explains the problem: “Most Japanese rental apartments prohibit pets. The only ones that allow them are condominium apartments for families. This means that young, single-dwelling workers in their 20s and 30s can’t even think about getting any pets, despite the fact that they’re stressed out and are seeking comfort and companionship of some kind.”

It makes sense, then, that most cat-café fans are relatively young. More than 30 customers shuffled into and out of Neko no mise during the four hours I recently spent there, and apart from one lady in her 50s, all the other patrons were in their 20s or 30s (most of them female, with only three guys spotted the entire time). Another contributing factor to the cat-café trend is that Japanese people are chronically shy, to the extent that many can’t even hold a decent conversation about the weather with a stranger. The wordless, tactile communication of kitty cats is a great source of comfort for these high-strung, antisocial urbanites. 

Read the rest at Vice Magazine: MEOW MEOW MEOW - I Like to Have Tea With Cats in Japan Because I’m Shy - Vice Magazine 

hugs, Deb


  1. Your grand-girlie is adorable! So glad that she is already learning the fine art of serving tea. :-)

  2. I can't believe that sweet girl is turning one! Oh my goodness time has flown and now I have a Grand of my own. She is soooo cute! I know you have had the best year with her. Love the 'cat cafe' how funny.

  3. I really love Ozzie look, so cute !!!
    And the human girl make my mom smile, Such a cute little human girl : )

  4. Such adorable pictures of Riley serving you tea! And that muffin recipe is so good...I've made them a few times since seeing your recipe posted. I too like them with chamomile tea and my new favorite tea - ginger & lemon.

  5. Ry is adorable! Taking after her gran, is she! Couldn't be finer!

    I love that the kitties in the cat cafe have someone to appreciate them. It is such a wonderful way for people who can't have a cat or who have a spouse or child who is allergic to enjoy the magic and wonder of cats. I'd like to think that it will help other kitties to be adopted. You can't love what you don't know . Maybe having a chance to be in their company will entice those who can to adopt.

    Thanks so, so much for your muffin recipe! I am not much of a baker ( nothing I ever make has flavour) but the heavenly combo of banana and blueberry has gotten me very interested.... And hungry!

  6. You have the cutest granddaughter!