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A foster mom in Arlington, Virginia, named four adorable kittens after Japanese cuisine: Mochi, Nori, Tofu, and Miso. The cute names were inspired by her love for Japan, which sometimes makes her “a bit homesick,” she shared on Instagram.

“Hello? Is this thing on?”

Nori and Miso.

Nori and Miso. Images, media via Instagram/ shibuyarollcall

Kittens Named for Japanese Food

These kittens with yummy names were first called “The Teenies,” part of a group of 11 kittens rescuers found in Arlington and brought to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. The group of cuties ranged in age, coming from different litters. All of the poor dears were skinny and malnourished before rescuers saved them.

Japan food kittens, Asa, Arlington

“We’ve got names! (Can you tell I’m a bit homesick? 🙈🇯🇵) I’m not even going to attempt to guess their genders yet so that will be a separate reveal down the line 😅,” Asa shared.

Japanese cuisine kitten

These lucky four made their way to Asa’s home, where they were incredibly cute no matter what they did.

Kittens with names for food from Japan, Asa, Arlington, Virginia

Within weeks of getting a little TLC, the kittens started playing and really showing their hilarious natures. 

“Kon’nichiwa friends!”

Kittens Mochi, Nori, Tofu, and Miso.

One thing they all love most is sleeping and churus. What cat doesn’t love a tasty wet food treat? Well, apparently, Mochi isn’t fond of it.

“Nori, Tofu and Miso all absolutely loooved it, as evident by the Churu all over their faces 🤣🙈
Mochi may possibly be the only cat in the world to not like Churus🙀 “

Mama Kona, the Lovable Nanny

The four also love to hang out with their foster dog Mama Kona, which we shared previously. Sometimes, Kona appears to be overwhelmed being covered in kittens, but she really does love her foster kitties. It’s adorable to watch them together. Below, you can see Mama Kona with wee little Nori.

“I love watching Kona play with the fosters. It’s so cute how gentle she is with the babies 🥺,” Asa shared.

People fell in love with the four on Instagram and can’t get enough of them.

“So tiny so lovely so sweet!”-juliawinser

“Perfect names! They are so cute we could just eat them up😹💗🍥🍣”-berthabeephotography

“Oh my Nori ! adorable soot Sprite 😍”-simifriedmanphoto

An adorable soot sprite? Well, that’s a new name we haven’t heard before for a black cat, but we’ll take it.

“Hey, let’s all make funny faces! Stick your tounges out! Huh?”

Japanese kitties Mochi, Nori, Tofu, and Miso.

The Teenies, Mochi, Nori, Tofu, and Miso

Where Are They Now?

The best part of this story is they’re all adopted! Nori and Miso were adopted as a pair. The two yummy noodle kittens got fixed up (spayed/neutured) before they were ready to go. Then, they went on their way to their new home in Philadelphia.

What about Tofu and Mochi? They are off to their new home as a pair too! As Asa says, “double adoptions are the best.” In this case, their forever mom found them on Instagram, which is not the general rule, but a great thing. Now, they will have a puppy sibling and give and receive a lifetime of love and companionship. This is why “goodbye is the goal” for foster providers, though it’s always bittersweet to see the tiny furbabies grow up and leave the safety of the nest.

“What do you mean we’ve been adopted? We’re going to a new home!”

Tofu and Mochi.

Tofu and Mochi

Congratulations, Japanese cuisine kitties! We wish you all the best in your loving new homes.

REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!

All photos and videos by @shibuyarollcall/Instagram.

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