Realistic looking neko no ryukku sakku (Cat backpacks) or “cat backpacks” went viral earlier this year. Japanese television now warns against clumsy knockingout!
In the picture above you can see the real cat backpack on the right and the fake one on the left. The Japanese word nisemono (Fake or Fake) means “forgery” or “forgery” while honmono (本 物) refers to the real thing.
The price for the imitation bag pictured was 6,000 yen ($ 55), and even that seems high. Created by an artist named Pico, a real Neko no Ryukku battery can cost over a thousand dollars.
According to ANA newswho have favourited fake ones are made in Chinese factories and sold through photo websites of Pico-san’s creations. A month after Pico’s bags went viral, factories were pumping out imitations. A factory spokesman said some customers wait about a month and the factory is receiving orders from all over the world.
Pico has been making realistic cats for about ten years. Since she makes each cat by hand, Pico can only produce a limited number each year. It can take anywhere from three to six months to finish one, with more time required to get some creations just right. On picos online shop, prices start at 130,000 yen ($ 1,180), but none are currently for sale.
Not just viral cat bags, these are desirable handicrafts, which is why it is a shame when others are trying to make money. It doesn’t seem like just one retailer, but several that keep popping up claiming to sell Neko no ryukkusakku. Some retailers even try to pretend to be Pico and write “Pic0” as their username. Pico called it all “terrifying”.