i first saw this sneaky cat-in-a-box as a tip box in a tea shop some years ago. it was very effective, as i was drawn by its unassuming kawaii-ness to place a coin on its fish plate, hoping to hear its meow and catch a glimpse of its furry paw reaching out to take my humble offering. it did not disappoint. as a lover of all things cute, i was filled with awe and glee watching the itazura cat claw my coin into her box and disappear into it herself.
for years, i’ve been looking for this elusive itazura coin bank. i’ve kept an eye out for it whenever i get to travel abroad, but it remained out of my reach. i’ve been highly unsuccessful… until very recently!