From the nation that brought us "hamuketsu", a genre devoted to the little rear-ends of hamsters, comes the latest trend to focus entirely on an animal's derrière. And this time, it's cat bottoms.
Accessory designer Popolare, who runs a store on the site Minne, which is like Japan's version of Etsy, has created a rather unusual new type of wall-mounted art she's dubbed "Nekoketsu", which translates loosely to ‘cat ass'. Using a technique called felting, which is often used to sculpt animal figurines, Popolare has decided to craft just the tushes and tails of cats -- hence the name.
Each "nekoketsu" comes framed and ready to hang, transforming any boring old wall into one that it looks like a cat got stuck trying to jump through.
Popolare anatomical creations suggest an almost disturbingly close attention to detail, which may be why they don't come cheap. At $225 a pop, these aren't for your casual feline rump enthusiasts.
Still, there's been plenty of buyers. Not too long after these things first went on sale, they already sold out.