Offbeat

By Josh Saunders


Sculptors create creepily realistic masks to replicate the face of your fur-ever friend pet for $2,700 (£2,000).

Masatoshi Asaumi, 31, from Shinagawa Ward in Tokyo, Japan, claims that by wearing the lifelike headpiece called ‘My Family’ you can learn to understand your pet better.

PICS BY MASATOSHI ASAUMI / CATERS NEWS

It takes a month for the team of Japanese craftsmen from Shindo Michika Planning Office LLC to create the purr-fect copy of your cat’s face.

After submitting photos of your pet, the team create a clay mould before casting the plastic mask, applying hair, threading the whiskers and painting it.

The ultra-real pieces cost 300,000yen which is roughly £2,026 ($2,687) plus postage, and have surged in popularity after images emerged online.

In the photographs, Rui the Bengal cat, from Kyoto, being stared at by its owner with the terrifying near-mirror image mask.

The company have also made lifelike masks for the white rhino, orangutan and are set to release one for dog in the future.

PICS BY MASATOSHI ASAUMI / CATERS NEWS

They insist the designs are not a joke and could make your more empathetic towards your pet.

Masatoshi, a sculpture, said: “Through ‘My Family’, I feel happy if I can better understand the feelings of a pet – who is a member of my family.

“By becoming an animal, your viewpoint is substituted, and the thought is that I want you to discover new ideas and create new ideas as a result of it.

“It is not just a joke item, but it is made realistic for the purpose of becoming that animal.

“’My Family’ may be popular because it has never been spread like this on the net, there aren’t many orders but there have been a lot more.

PICS BY MASATOSHI ASAUMI / CATERS NEWS

“This is because each is made by hand one by one, the price will be high because of that. I regret not being able to make more.

“My company make them with the desire to make Japanese craftsmen fulfill what they want to do or to use the technology to entertain the world.

“While there were some craftsmen, he had a dream of wanting to engage in animals anyway, as a sculptor who is producing this time.

“One day, a request came from a customer who saw a mask to see if it is possible to make a custom made mask for the cat at home.

PICS BY MASATOSHI ASAUMI / CATERS NEWS

“At this time, if my own pet mask, I thought that more people would know, “My family” was born.

“Using technology of Japanese craftsmen, we develop and plan products that make the world happy even a little.”

To buy one, visit: https://www.shindo-office.tokyo/%E3%81%8A%E5%95%8F%E3%81%84%E5%90%88%E3%82%8F%E3%81%9B/