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Image source: http://tokyo-oasis.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2009-10-13, used without permission

I've seen on twitter a photo of a cat carrying a shamisen, with the text ねこや ("nekoya", literally "cat shop"). There's a phone number underneath of (351) 1647. The store's address is 3-6-4, yotsuya, shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (source)

What is the shop selling? Is it selling shamisens (as apparently claimed here) which are traditionally made using cats, a cat cafe, or something else?

  • You do realise that the second link you gave clearly says it's a Shamisen store, yes? – fkraiem Jun 9 '16 at 1:32
  • @fkraiem Yes, but it didn't provide any evidence of that. – Andrew Grimm Jun 9 '16 at 1:35
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Yes, the shop sells shamisen (a type of musical instrument), and yes, good-quality shamisen are still made using cat skin.

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    I ran to google, searching for shamisen, expecting to see some dried cat meat or something. I am glad it is just a musical instrument. – Nean Der Thal Jun 8 '16 at 13:01
  • @Heidel that'd be Switzerland. – Andrew Grimm Jun 8 '16 at 20:59

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