Japanese Cat Videos Robbing Americans of Productivity

Maru the Cat, arguably the cutest cat in the world, resides in Japan and was recently covered in a New York Times article talking about the popularity of dogs and cats among the American audience. Slightly chubby, Maru‘s star power comes from his penchant for jumping into boxes, tight spaces (i.e. sticking his face in a paper bag) and his adorable antics, winning him over 56 million views on Youtube. The NY Times article argues that we are so busy watching cute videos, we aren’t getting anything “done” in the U.S.

Another personal favorite of mine is Oolong the rabbit, also from Japan, with a unique talent for balancing objects on its head, such as pancakes, a waffle and a teacup.

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About Jen

I’m a Korean-American living in the bay area, I studied public health and social work in grad school, and I have an obsession for anything theater related, especially ballet and Broadway musicals. I just spent three years in NYC so I am still adjusting to normal winter weather and having a car, and most of the time, I am busy funding my passion for theater with a full-time job in healthcare public relations. On any given day, you can find me watching Project Runway, shopping, doing yoga, skipping to the theater, or looking for the perfect cocktail.
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