Animal welfare event ‘Nyan Fes Kagonma’ to open at Maruya Gardens, bringing together cat items

PUBLISHED Nov 9, 2022

The event held in 2019

On November 12 and 13, Maruya Gardens (Gofukumachi, Kagoshima City) will host “Nyan Fes Kagonma,” an animal welfare event featuring the sale of merchandise and art with cat themes.

The event started in 2016, aiming to “promote animal welfare in a fun and friendly way” through cat art products and workshops. Since the event was held online in the previous two years, this is the first time in three years that a full-scale event will take place.

The cat merchandise market will be on the 4th floor of Maruya Gardens, and 20 stores will set up their booths this year. The Kagoshima Sennyan-en Project, launched in February this year to promote the Nekogamisha (cat shrine) in Sengan-en, a tourist attraction in Kagoshima, will also have a booth for the first time. It will offer products featuring the Nekogamisha logo and other items.

On the 6th floor, there will be a Mini-Mini Adoption Event to find prospective foster families. On the 7th floor, FM Kagoshima radio personality Eri Niisaka will hold a Cat Picture Book Reading Session, and the Kajiki High School Art Club will exhibit artwork with cat motifs. The club members worked with the Rescue Cat Café Sora no Shippo, Aira City, to create the artwork while interacting with the cats at the café.

Saori Kikuchi, the representative of the organizing committee, says: “This is an event where you can strongly feel that Kagoshima is moving forward as one. Animal welfare is more accessible than you think, and there are many small things anyone can do to help. We hope that people will enjoy the program through zakka and the event, and at the same time, learn about local welfare activities and the sterilized Sakura Neko cats. We hope that by getting people to know about them first, we can change things as we go along.”

The event will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (until 5:00 p.m. on the last day). Free admission.

  • Art items from the event held in 2019

  • Sweets from the event held in 2019

  • The venue of the event held in 201