Today is Nyan, Nyan, Nyan Japanese Cat Day

Hello – Kon nichi wa – こんにちは。it’s me, Merlin turning Japanese for a day to celebrate Nyan, Nyan, Nyan or Japanese Cat Day. “Nyan” is the Japanese equivalent of  the “meow” sound and “ni” is the Japanese word for number two. February 22 (written 22/2) is pronounced “ni ni ni”, which apparently sounds close to “nyan nyan nyan”.  Sounds good to me.

Japan has one of the highest number of cats per capita in the world. They are famous for the maneki-neko (beckoning cat) a talisman believed to bring good luck. We have several at our house and maybe that’s why I’m still alive.

nyan nyan nyan_maneki_neko

My mom, Layla was playing with me, you might say, pulling my leg. Aren’t human idioms silly? I feel pretty lucky all things considered.


I found this old pic of Odin channeling his inner maneko-neko in a Japanese maple tree taunting the birds with his nyan, nyan, nyan.



I don’t know if today is an official bank holiday but a Japanese bank did this funny video with cats recently which requires no translation. Enjoy. Isn’t it great to know cats are the messengers of smiles wherever you live?

Love and domo arigato,


See you next week for the next Mondays With Merlin.

30 thoughts on “Today is Nyan, Nyan, Nyan Japanese Cat Day”

  1. dood….we haz 4 maneki neko’z in R houz !!! a black, a white, a pink anda purple !!! they wave & we wavez bak ~~~~~~~ N thiz moovee iz two kewl….thanx for sharin !! ♥♥♥

  2. What a purrfect day ! Mum loves Japan culture but never heard of that special day ! Maybe does your mom think that a leg up is more powerful and brings more luck than a front paw up ? Thanks for sharing, Merlin. Purrs

  3. Oh a perfect day to celebrate – wonder if I could talk Mom into extra treats as part of our celebration?! We don’t have a Lucky Cat but probably should……never hurts to be “covered” !! Happy Nyan Nyan Nyan Day!

    Hugs, Sammy

  4. Kon nichi wa arigato nyan nyan nyan from Mao (learning to speak Japanese in addition to Mandarin 😉 and Ched, who only speaks fromage.

    That was a great video and a great post!

  5. Happy Nyan Nyan Nyan Day!!!! Everyday is lucky cat day here!
    Thanks for sharing Merlin.
    Luvs to all
    Skeeter and Izzy& the Feral Gang + Twig 7 Peanut & Romeo & the Angels

  6. I have always loved those Japanese cats but dont have any around! Many are so pretty and brightly colored.
    Nyaan Nyan Nyan to both you and Layla, enjoy the day !!!!

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