Two years ago in Hiroshima, Japan, the Onomichi City Museum of Art debuted a show called “Cats — Mitsuaki Iwago Photography Exhibition.” A few days after the show opened, a highly unusual but oddly appropriate visitor arrived: a black cat.
The small black cat tried to go into the museum, presumably to see the art that was obviously right up his alley. But a security guard spotted the cat and turned him away before he could gain entry.
Amazingly enough, the saga does not end there. The black cat, Ken Chan, returned again months later, and he started bringing along his orange friend, Go-Chan. Each time Ken Chan and Go-Chan turn up at the museum’s doors, they are thwarted by security. But they never give up!
This has now been going on for two years. TWO YEARS. Perhaps not surprisingly, Ken Chan and Go-Chan are now an internet sensation. These cats just want to see some art!
If anyone wants to start a petition to let the cats into the museum, I’ll definitely sign it.
In 2016, a tiny black cat appeared at the entrance of the Onomichi City Museum of Art in Hiroshima, Japan.
The museum had just debuted a collection called “Cats — Mitsuaki Iwago Photography Exhibition,” according to the Dodo. This cat clearly wanted in.
Unfortunately, just as he approached the sliding glass doors, a security guard spotted him and sent him on his way.
A passerby captured the moment and posted it on Twitter, and the cat, affectionately known as Ken Chan, quickly became a viral meme. But unbeknownst to most, Ken Chan wasn’t done yet.
The following year, he came back to try again.
This time, he was seemingly even more determined to get into the museum.
But the security guard was ready for him. Check out this expert cat-blocking move!
Defeated yet again, Ken Chan went on his way. But he still wasn’t ready to give up.
Ken Chan has continued to show up at the museum’s doors regularly for the past two years. He started bringing a partner in crime, an orange cat known as Go-Chan. Museum employees say the duo tries to get in two or three times a week.
Go-Chan isn’t as pushy as Ken Chan, according to the museum. He clearly wants to get in, but he will also settle for some head scratches.
Needless to say, people really adore these cats and support them in their mission to get into the museum.
“Let them in for a tour,” one user wrote.
“This is just a diversion as their pals enter through the open window in the back,” another theorized.
Indeed, these cats do appear to be plotting something! See Exhibit 10 below, in which Go-Chan appears to trick the security guard into petting him so that he can pass by.
Forcing the security guard to resort to drastic measures.
And to squat there to make sure no more trickery ensued.
Off you go, Go-Chan!
This month, the cats returned yet again. Here’s Ken Chan, doing that thing that cats do when they flop over on the floor to psyche you out.
And here is Go-Chan, wondering if maybe this time, the security guard will let him just mosey on through the sliding doors.
As one Twitter user said: “LET THEM IN!!!!!!!”
Maybe someday soon these two adorable cats will finally get a chance to see what’s inside the museum. Good luck, Ken Chan and Go-Chan!