Officials in Zelenogradsk, a resort town in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad often referred by locals as the 'city of cats', has given the two famous felines from the Japanese city Onomichi an invitation to come for a visit.
Ken-Chen first appeared at the Onomichi museum's door in 2016. Rumor has it that the black feline was politely refused entry by the museum guard while trying to take in an exhibit on cat photography. His friend Go-chan, a ginger cat, soon joined Ken-chan on his escapade. Since then, the cats have become so popular that the art museum literally has souvenirs dedicated to their failed attempts to come in and look at some art.
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Two cats have been on a two-year mission to finally witness an exhibition in the Onomichi City Museum of Art in Hiroshima, Japan. Their escapades have spawned a viral following, a range of souvenirs and even a celebration of their persistent attempts to enter the museum. Video courtesy of: Onomichi City Museum of Art #尾道市立美術館
Learning about the cats' predicament, authorities in the Russian Baltic Sea resort town of Zelenogradsk invited the famous felines to come and visit, saying they would be free to enjoy all of the area's museums to their hearts' content.
"When we heard about this story, we immediately sent a letter to the Onomichi Museum of Art with an invitation to come and visit us on our traditional holiday – the birthday of the Zelenogradsk Cat, which we mark annually in March," the city administration said. Offering the Japanese felines a lifetime pass to the city's Murrarium Art Museum of Cats, city officials said they hoped the cats could make it to the next Zelenogradsk Cat day festivities, and added that they would be free to roam about the town's other museums.
The Onomichi art museum's official twitter account offered a polite response, saying the felines would not be able to make it to the city, but offering their "best regards to cats and people living in Zelenogradsk."
Zelenogradsk is a town with shores which is beautiful as well as Onomichi where we live in.— 尾道市立美術館 (@bijutsu1) 16 ноября 2018 г.
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
Zelenogradsk authorities pay great care in preserving their status as a city of cats. In 2017, the city installed a sculpture composition depicting stray cats eating fish from a plate in a public garden.