Shortly after university, a friend of mine went to Japan for a year to teach English, a time during which she sent home innumerable care packages of random Japanese products (the juice box – with a straw! – of saki is still a favourite), all of it inevitably emblazoned with some heartbreakingly adorable little cartoon critter with gigantic eyes and a tragic backstory (did you know that burnt bean curd buns can suffer an existential crisis? Well, at least the one on the journal she gave me could!)
The best things she ever sent me, though, were a couple of stationary sets printed with the Nyan Nyan Nyanko cats, or those cute little white kittens that always show up nestled in food, just like the feline feast I’ve shown here on these nails! I actually thought the Nyan cats were better known than they in fact are; a product of San-X, a Japanese stationary company, there’s distressingly little information online about Nyan Nyan Nyanko. Which makes no sense, because those cupcake pusses and tempura kitties are ADORABLE, and they should be as popular as Miss Hello herself.
Here I set the Nyan kittens up with a varied menu indeed, including, from thumb to pinkie, the aforementioned tempura shrimp and cupcake, as well as a buttery stack of pancakes, a fully loaded burger and a summery slice of watermelon. Num num, Nyan Nyan!