Why You Need to Play Neko Atsume

I might be a bit late to the game (pun intended), but the English version of Neko Atsume has certainly got me addicted. Neko Atsume has been very popular in Japan and is now taking the rest of the world by storm.

The gameplay is pretty straightforward: you ‘buy’ goodies such as toys, cushions and food to lure cats into your yard. Because feline creatures tend to be cautious, you’d best close the app and wait a bit. When you return to the game you’ll hopefully see cats in your yard. Now it’s time to look up their Catbook profiles or to take some pictures. Or simply sit back and enjoy the cats. It’s possible that the visiting cats have already gone home, but they’ll always leave fish to say thanks. With those fish you get to buy new goodies.

Don’t let the pixelated game-graphics scare you off, trust me you’ll get to love them. And the simple animations of the cats are very cute. It’s a bit like Pokemon: you’ve gotta catch them all. The best thing is that you get to have new feline friends without the shedding hair and smelly poo ;)

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My yard is still super simple,with cheap goodies.

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Meet my new bestie: Tubbs. He’s like a super sized version of Catootje.

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Merchandise from Neko Atsume has been popping up at Strapya World, jbox and AmiAmi. I’d love to get my hands on the above capsule toy set, but it seems to be either sold out or very expensive.

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You can download the app for iOS or Android.

Kawaii Bento by Maysatch Lin

Instagrammer Maysatch Lin from Singapore has been on my radar for a while now and her bento creations just keep getting better and better. She turns well-known characters such as Rilakkuma, Totoro and The Little Twin Stars into the cutest dishes.

Kawaii Bento by Maysatch Lin - Sumikko Gurashi

I’ve been drooling over the new Sumikko Gurashi kitchenware, but my kitchen cabinets are already filled to the brim. Luckily Lin -being a fellow Summiko Gurashi fan- often shares inspirational bento ideas with these characters. I’d love to try the Penguin sushi at home and the great thing is that it doesn’t take up any space, other than in my stomach.

Kawaii Bento by Maysatch Lin - Pom Pom Purin

Pompompurin cheesy buns, where have you been all my life? In Love

Kawaii Bento by Maysatch Lin - Sirotan

Kawaii Bento by Maysatch Lin - Hedgehog

Did you notice how Lin uses simple and rounded shapes to create kawaii characters?

Kawaii Bento by Maysatch Lin - Squirrel

Lin also makes polymer clay charms, so if you are into cute food and crafting I’m sure that you’ll enjoy her Instagram.

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