Leave it to Japan to get giant, wearable felt cat heads trending online. Yes, they are real, and yes, they are for sale.
Originally made by wool art teacher Housetu Sato and his students, the oversized wearable cat head has inundated the internet with hilarious and slightly creepy photographs showcasing the use of this bizarre commodity. The original cat head was even displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum!
We have to admit... They look pretty realistic.
When asked by Japanese news outlet, the PR Times, about the inspiration for these feline heads, Sato revealed that the idea came to him and his students at a school festival, where they made a two-meter-tall maneki-neko, or lucky talisman in the form of a cat. After seeing how much fun people were having as they photographed the cat and put on its furry head, Sato and his students decided to try their luck at making more realistic cat heads. And we're so happy they did.
These peculiar items are now available for purchase at Dwango. Those interested in buying a cat head should know a little Japanese in order to navigate the site (or get help from a Japanese-speaking friend!) Otherwise, you can try contacting Mr. Sato directly on his blog, where he may be able to help you get your hands on one. Because they are made from scratch with painstaking care, their cost ranges from a whopping 600,000 yen ($5706.14 USD) and above.
If you find yourself in possession of a big felt cat head, be sure to wear it...
In your rock band:
Or just chillin' with a friend:
And below is the head the launched a thousand more heads. The original kitty:
Would you wear one of these things? Let us know in the comment section below!