back to article Massive 3D catzilla gets crowds purring in busy Shinjuku district of Tokyo

A giant cat has been spotted peering down at onlookers in one of the busiest parts of Tokyo and doing what felines do best – taking catnaps. The giant feline – a colossal lifelike 3D animation – has been drawing crowds above the entrance to a railway station in the busy Shinjuku district as part of the Cross Shinjuku Vision …

  1. MiguelC Silver badge

    Let's just hope people aren't too captivated by the gigantic feline, accidents could be catastrophic

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      If you're easily distracted and driving around Shinjuku, you won't make it to that cat before you have an accident.

      1. EricB123 Bronze badge

        Driving in Shinjuku Safer Than Train (morning rush only)

        I used to go to Japan on business often and had a rib fractured boarding an overcrowded train in Shinjuku station by a shover (I think that's a word) shoving everybody in the railway car so the doors could close. This only applies from about 8 am to 8:45 am BTW. Apparently this is the busiest train station in the world, with 3.5 million passengers a day (in non-pandemic times).

        1. Eclectic Man Silver badge

          Re: Driving in Shinjuku Safer Than Train (morning rush only)

          I remember an incident on the London Underground. The train stopped, the doors opened, and the carriage was obviously too full for anyone to get on. The next thing I knew, not only was I on the train, but so were the three Japanese gentlemen who had been waiting patiently behind me on the platform! They had not even paused in their conversation. No broken ribs either.

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  2. HAL-9000

    what's not to like

    Cat pictures are what the internet is about, this has to be cat pictures 2.0

    1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

      Re: what's not to like

      We need to figure out how to embed public keys into cat fur patterns, so that the keys exchange could happen through cat photos when the censorship is implemented everywhere.

      1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge
        Big Brother

        Re: what's not to like

        So, umm, steganografeline...?

        1. Irony Deficient Silver badge

          Re: what’s not to like

          “Ailurosteganography” (a calque of “cat cover writing”) would be closer to the mark.

  3. Eclectic Man Silver badge

    Kitten Kong?

    I wondered what Kitten Kong got up to after knocking down the Post Office Tower.

  4. FuzzyTheBear

    Freaking awesome !

    this is fantastic :) just .. wow :D

    1. Falmari Silver badge

      Re: Freaking awesome !

      Not that awesome. It needs to be like Jaws 19 in Back to the future II to be awesome. ;)

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  6. ian 22
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    The Japanese…

    …. do weird better than anyone else.

    1. trapper

      Re: The Japanese…

      Komatsu forklift-mounted scoop and dump truck, right?

    2. Blank Reg Silver badge

      Re: The Japanese…

      I've been to Japan many times and every time I encounter some new weirdness. There is so much weird that weird is normal

      1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

        Re: The Japanese…

        To quote from an 11 year old blog post by Charlie Stross:

        "by way of the miniature robot stores and shops full of pregnant nun bondage anime porn in Akihabara (I'm not making that up)"

        It's the shops plural that gets me.

    3. jake Silver badge

      Re: The Japanese…

      ... verbing weird since time immemorial.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: The Japanese…

        It's the weirding way :-)

        The Stillsuit ----------->

        (No, not the bondage suit)

  7. jake Silver badge

    "The whereabouts of a similar-sized litter tray have yet to be disclosed."

    No need to disclose it ... the cat will find the nearest appropriately sized karesansui all by itself. They always do.

    1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

      Komatsu make a (possibly) adequately sized mobile litter tray:

      Komatsu mobile kitty litter tray

  8. Mint Sauce

    Jeez - imagine the size of the Roomba...

    At least the streets will be cleaned... of everything.

  9. tip pc Silver badge

    Super Realistic, is each panel 4k or the whole lot 4k?

    That image looks super 3d realistic (yes I know its captured on a phone). The last frame shows the blackness of the panels and you can see the curve of the screen.

    Was the video taken at just the right spot to make it look 3D?

    1. ThatOne Silver badge

      Re: Super Realistic, is each panel 4k or the whole lot 4k?

      > Was the video taken at just the right spot to make it look 3D?

      I guess it was indeed simply shot (rendered) the right way, fine-tuned to that specific screen's position and shape.

      The human eye is easily fooled, our ancestral need to take split-second decisions ("attack", "run") has hardwired some very error-prone shortcuts in our brains. Pareidolia is one of the most obvious results, where from a few small and isolated clues our visual center concludes on a bigger image we didn't actually see. Helpful to spot a partially hidden predator, but also causes us to see shapes in the clouds or Jesus in toast.

  10. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

    All hail

    Our new animated feline overlords!

    1. ThatOne Silver badge

      Re: All hail

      Definitely. If cats ruled the earth, all we'd do is eat, sleep, and stretch our legs...

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