Cat-fur hats, cat butt sculpture, and more on show at feline-centric exhibition in Mong Kok

One of the attractions is a series of pictures from Japanese cat hat-maker Ryo Yamazaki, who fashioned this hellish furry toupee after the US presidential election. Photos: Rojiman/Langham Place via Facebook

With the rise of the internet age, one thing has become abundantly clear: people bloody love cat photos.

Fluffy, flighty felines are worshiped like demi-gods on social media, and in some extreme cases spawning real life fame — just look at this three-meter statue of Hong Kong’s very own Brother Cream… and the fact that Grumpy Cat got her own movie.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXCYLcHlI-t/?taken-by=rojiman

Further proof of humanity’s submission to our feline overlords is Langham Place’s latest exhibition, the cringe-inducingly titled #HappyMEOWment. (Yes, the same Langham Place where an 45-meter escalator reversed at high speed and injured 18 people.)

As a collaboration with Japan’s Todays Gallery Studio, the exhibition will feature photographs from eight Japanese cat-stagrammers… including Ryo Yamazaki/Rojiman! You know, the guy who went viral for making hats for his cats out of their own fur. Some of the impressively resourceful and well-shaped hats will be displayed, though unfortunately the moggies themselves had to stay in Tokyo. And no, your eyes do not deceive you: that really is an egg tart-shaped hat in the video.

In Cantonese, “egg tart head” refers to a retro, slick men’s hairstyle. We prefer this more literal take on it though. Photo: Ryo Yamazaki/Langham Place via Facebook

Reppin’ Hong Kong is photographer Basacat, who shares portraits of local shelter cats in a bid to get them forever homes. Aaaw. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Hong Kong cat event if Brother Cream didn’t make an appearance as well!

#HappyMEOWment will also feature a small selection of cat-centric props and activities, including a free photobooth to print out your two favorite pictures from the exhibition, a feeding game, and — inexplicably — an enormous cat butt sculpture for visitors to pose with. Purr-fect.

What: #HappyMEOWment exhibition
Where: 4/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok (Google Maps)
When: 8am to 11pm, Wednesday, July 26 to Sunday, September 3
Price: Free

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