Sometimes the real reason cats are so snobbish, apart from generally hating humans, is that they are connoisseurs of art. This has been proven recently when two of them kept trying to gain entry to a museum in Japan after being shooed away. Well, now they can finally flex their elitist taste for culture in Russia since the so-called “cat city” there has invited them over.
— 尾道市立美術館 (@bijutsu1) November 9, 2018
Back in early November, Japanese Twitter went abuzz with a viral video of two cats named Gosaku and Ken-Chan who tried to enter the Hiroshima Onomichi City Museum of Art in Japan. The security guard simply won’t let them, but some human being with a nerve to stop them is not enough to, well, stop them. So they kept trying:
— Rajiv (@jiffington) November 13, 2018
This gained the attention of the city of Zelenogradsk, Russia. The city has gained the reputation of being the ‘cat city’ because it houses the Murarium Art Collection of Cats. There, Gosaku and Ken-Chan could have their lust for cat art sated without being refused entry by some mere human. Additionally, Zelenogradsk is also set to celebrate its local holiday about cats in March hence the invitation.
Dear Ken and Go, we invite you to birthday of a Zelenogradsk cat. Zelenogradsk – a city where cats love, on th shore of the Baltic sea. We have a special museum about cats – you’ll love it there! @bijutsu1 we are waiting for you! https://t.co/YLHgsqM1oQ
— Komendantov Dima (@komendantov) November 16, 2018
Unfortunately, Onomichi City Museum of Art declined the said invitation, speaking on behalf of Gosaku and Ken-Chan themselves. Here’s the Japanese museum’s reply:
Zelenogradsk is a town with shores which is beautiful as well as Onomichi where we live in.
As a result of having repeated consideration, unfortunately, we decided to be not accepted your invitation.
Please give our best regards to cats and people living in Zelenogradsk. Ken & Go https://t.co/kXo3GWR1zM
— 尾道市立美術館 (@bijutsu1) November 16, 2018
The reasons were never clearly stated and the said two art-savvy cats might never get the chance to be with their own kind in cat city. Apparently, cats are also not exempted from the political tension between Russia and Japan, apart from other reasons, perhaps.