Do you like cats? Okay, that’s a silly question. This is the Internet, and everybody likes cats on the Internet! There’s probably even an Internet law about it, though we have no idea what number it is (Number Meow, perhaps?). Well, how about learning Japanese? Oh, right, this is RocketNews24! Of course you like learning Japanese!

Well, how would you like to learn a little Japanese and see some great cat pictures at the same time??

That’s what we thought! Well, you’re in luck since we have compiled some Japanese search terms to use to find cute or hilarious cat pictures and over 40 samples of the brilliant photos, just a Japanese Google search away!

When it comes to the very serious world of cute and silly cat pictures, Japan more than holds its own in the international arena. While there are no official statistics on this dark, competitive underbelly of the Internet, we’d guess that Maru alone greatly bolsters Japan’s adorable arsenal.

But all that cutie goodness is locked away behind obscure kanji and hiragana, right? Well, not for much longer! Let’s get this party started with…

・The “Sorry” Cat


The “Sorry” cat is quite possibly one of the cutest freaking things you will ever see. It’s a cat…apologizing. People will tell you that they’re just sleeping, but we know the truth: They’re apologizing for all the hours of our lives they’ve stolen!

So, how do you find “Sorry” cats in Japanese? Simple! Just search for すまん寝 (sumanne) or ごめん寝 (gomenne).

If you’re not rolling on the floor laughing yet, please allow us to explain. “Suman” is a shortened form of “sumimasen,” which is “excuse me” or “sorry” in Japanese. “Gomen” is the shortened form of “gomennasai,” which is, again, “sorry.” The 寝 at the end is the kanji for “neru,” or “to sleep.” In this case, it is being pronounced as simply “ne.”

Here’s the tricky/funny part. “Ne” is being used as a pun, since “ne,” without any kanji, is a sentence ending particle that basically means “you know?” or “okay?” It is very common among friends or family members to apologize to each other by saying “gomen ne!” So, the cat is both sleeping and apologizing. If this doesn’t tickle your funny bone, at least it’s a great way to remember how to find adorable kitty pictures, right?



▼ “Oh, the shame is too much to…zzzzzzzzzzz.”


・The Box Cat


There’s nothing like diving into a good box, is there? The tight space, the great hiding spot, the unlimited hours of fun! Ah, if only we all could be cats playing in boxes instead of people making the boxes.

But at least we can still gawk at their adorable fuzzy faces (or tails) as they fling themselves at the cardboard! And if you’re looking on the Japanese Internet for cute pictures of cats, you’ll want to look for “箱猫” (hako neko), which is literally “box cat.” Simple. Direct. Adorable!


▼ I could be wrong, Mr. Cat, but I don’t think you fit in there…


▼ “Mayday! Mayday! Cat down! Cat down!!!”


・The Camouflage Cat


Though cats are sneaky little creatures, we don’t normally think of them as being camouflaged. Hidden? Yes. Silent but deadly? Absolutely. But camouflaged? Apparently, yes, in some cases.

While not all kittens are masters of disguise, if you google “擬態猫” (gitai neko), or “camouflage cat,” you’re sure to find a few examples of these nefarious hidden cats. Gitai, in case you were wondering, means “camouflage.”

▼ “To look like the tree, you must think like the tree.”


▼ We added the arrows because we didn’t notice the ears for at least a minute.


▼ “Now, I just have to hope he’s outgrown sleeping with stuffed animals!”


・The Drinking Cat


Normally, cats just stick their heads in their drink and slurp it up. It might not be too dignified, but what else can you do without opposable thumbs? Well, you might also try dipping your paw in the drink and licking it off of your paw! Exactly like 手酌猫 (tejaku neko), literally “cats helping themselves to a drink.” “Tejaku” means “to pour oneself a drink,” which might seem like a strange word, but traditionally when drinking in Japan, people pour drinks for each other–not for themselves. So a cat drinking “out of its paws,” is helping itself to a drink! Usually your drink.


▼ “Eww. Water. Come on, guys, splurge and get some milk!”



・The “Peeping Maid” Cat


If you want pictures of cats spying on you on the Japanese Internet, you’ll want to search for 家政婦は見た 猫 (Kaseifu ha mita neko), which is literally “the maid saw cat.” This is quite the bizarre name, so let us explain!

Kaseifu ha Mita!, or The Maid Saw!, was a long running TV show about a maid who worked for various high-ranking or well-to-do families. She was dispatched to these homes where she would inevitably hear or see the families’ dirty secrets–and then reveal them all in the grand finale. The show was noted for its use of current events–and never once having a murder, a rare event (non-event?) for its time slot. The promotional posters featured the maid peeking out from behind a door, much like the kitties in the pictures below.


▼ “Arg! This would make for such great blackmail! If only I could speak human!”


▼ “That’s the perp! Okay, boys, let’s get ’em!”


・The Cat Meeting


While cats might be independent animals, they’re not above getting together and having a neighborly chat in the sun. And if it’s cute cat groups that really get you oohing and awwing, why not try searching for 猫集会 (neko shuukai), or “cat gatherings.” You’ll be sure to find numerous cat assemblies sprawled out on someone else’s furniture–the best place for cat groups!


▼ “Viva la revolucion!” “Oh, great, Frank’s having flashbacks to college again.”


・The Cat in the Hat


Cats aren’t exactly known for their willingness to play along with their owners’ stupid games, but sometimes you can get your cat to wear a silly hat. And then you can post the photos online so we can all have a laugh! If you’d like to find some pictures of cats in hats on the Japanese Internet, you’ll want to look up 猫かぶり (neko kaburi), which actually has two meanings. “Kaburi” means to put something on your head like a hat, so “neko kaburi” can refer to a cat wearing something. However, “neko kaburi” is also an idiom which is similar to the English phrase “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” which makes sense, since the cats in many of these photos probably aren’t as innocent as they look!

▼ “Are we there yet??”


▼ “Ugh. It must be Monday.”



・The Delivery Cat


This one is actually pretty straightforward. Looking up クロ猫ヤマト (kuro neko yamato), or “black cat yamato,” will bring you a host of pictures of cats in delivery vans! Why? Well, Kuroneko Yamato Un’you is a Japanese package delivery company, like UPS in the United Stests–but with a cat mascot. Clever Japanese netizens have taken photos of their kitties playing in the Kuroneko boxes and uploaded them to the Internet for our enjoyment. Oddly enough, most of the cats aren’t “kuro neko,” or “black cats.”


▼ “Go away! I’m on my break!”


▼ “Your package? I pooped on it.”


・The Crabby Cat


Okay, this one is perhaps the weirdest thing on the list. If you look up カニ猫 (kani neko), literally “crab cat,” on Google, you’ll be greeted with pictures of cats with crab shells on their heads.

No, we don’t know why either…


▼ It does look kind of stately though…


・The Besieged Cat


As we already learned from box cats, our feline friends love to dig themselves into tight spaces and watch the world from there. We imagine that it’s some sort of evolutionary instinct designed to keep them safe at night…but maybe they just like playing castle?? Either way, if you do a search for 籠城猫 (roujou neko), or “besieged cat,” you can find tons of these cute kitties hiding from the world! “Roujou,” of course, means “besieged,” and it usually implies locking oneself in a castle. Of course, the first kanji 籠 can also be read as “kago,” which means “basket” or “hamper,” which are both places cats love to hide in!


▼ “No, you can’t come up!”


▼ “Day 400, the human siege continues. Things were looking bleak,
but they don’t know that I’ve stolen all their tuna. We can still win this!”


・The Old Man Cat


While cats are mostly spry creatures capable of amazing physical feats, they’re also lazy bastards who spend most of the day sleeping–not unlike old men! In fact, there are plenty of photos of cats lazing about with their fat belling up in the air alike old men napping or loitering in the park. If these “old fogey” cats put a smile on your face, you can find them on Japanese websites by doing a search for おっさん猫 (Ossan neko), which is “old fogey cats” in English. “Ossan” is a short, kind of rude form of “ojiisan,” which can mean “uncle” or just “older man,” so you probably don’t want to call your boss that. Unless he’s already taking a nap!

▼ “Quiet now, kids! My stories are on.”


▼ “I tell you, in my day, we used to poop outside and, darn it, we liked it!”


・The Sexy Cat


And finally, last but most definitely not least, we have sexy photos of sexy cats in sexy poses being sexily sexy. Not quite rated X, since they still have all their fur on, these pictures still aren’t quite PG-13 either. But if you’re looking for a bit of naughty kitty fun, you can find it with your favorite Japanese search engine by looking up セクシー猫 (sekushii neko), which is quite literally “sexy cats!” If you’re not quite sure what a sexy cat is, take a look at the photos below and have your mind scarred for life.

▼ Awkward…


▼ More awkward…


▼ Most awkward!


Jeez! Come on, people, learn to control your kitties! Sheesh!

Well, there you go, folks! 12 excellent Japanese search terms for finding the best, funniest, and cutest cat pictures on the Japanese Internet! Just be sure to share with us if you find any good ones!

Sources: Naver Matome
Images: Naver Matome, Kokokara