Giant Calico Cat

Giant Calico Cat Meows Over Tokyo

Photo: Yunika

A hyper-realistic 3D calico cat can now be seen in a 1,664-square-foot curved LED screen in the Shinjuku district in Tokyo. Shown between advertisements, the cat walks around and audibly meows above the city in 4K resolution.

With the video airing between 7 am and 1 am, the cat also changes positions throughout the day. In the morning, the calico cat is startled awake. By afternoon, it is actively standing up and meowing at passersby. By nighttime, it rests its head on its paws, waiting to fall asleep.

The display doesn’t officially launch until July 12, but passersby have been privy to test broadcasts since last month. Moreover, the “Shinjuku cat” has gained attention online as many users find it cute. They were also amazed by the technology used to portray the hyper-realistic cat.

One Twitter user posted a video of the animal yawning and falling asleep, writing that it “looks sleepy at night.”

But it may not be possible for overseas fans to view the cat in person. So one of the companies behind the display, Cross Space, started a livestream of the billboard via YouTube. But the screen’s owners also warned in a press release that the 3D effect may not be as incredible depending on the viewing angle.

One can find the billboard at the east exit of Shinjuku train station, a busy shopping and business center. Around 190,000 people pass the screen every weekday, according to Cross Shinjuku Vision, a website launched for the display.

Realistic 3D billboards have appeared in several Asian countries in recent years. Last May, a gigantic 3D wave took over South Korea’s biggest digital billboard in Seoul’s Gangnam neighborhood. It was designed by technology firm d’strict.

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Liam Sanderford

Liam is currently taking his master’s degree in Information Science. He’s an avid supporter of LGBTQIA+ rights and access to information and free education for the marginalized sectors.

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