Japanese Name: ソラネコ
Literal Translation: Sky Cat
Released: April 2004
Original Japanese: WWW
In the refreshing blue sky photograph, there is a new character called "Soraneko." Above all, notice the feeling of the most fluffy stuffed animal.
She was born from a cloud egg. Apparently she is searching for the legendary whale cloud.
This little cat born from the clouds (a cloud egg in fact) likes mackerel skies to form a classic San-X pun. ah ha ha!
Scientifically, a mackerel sky or buttermilk sky is an indicator of moisture (the cloud) and instability (the cirrus-cumulus form) at intermediate levels. In other words, it makes a beautiful cloud pattern in the sky and the phrase 'mackerel sky' cames from the fact that it looks similar to the markings of an adult king mackerel fish. Wikipedia: Altocumulus Mackerel Sky
Mackerel is a type of fish found in both temperate and tropical seas, mostly living along the coast or offshore in the oceanic environment. Mackerel fish have zig zag patterns on their tops. Wikipedia: Mackerel
All of this forms the pun shown in the picture of the mackerel fish in the sky making the mackerel sky!! Let's take it one step further that we are talking about a cat who naturally loves fish!
Mackerel (saba in Japanese サバ (鯖)) is also a popular type of nigiri sushi and sashimi. Its taste is sweet and fishy.
Saba is usually accompanied with fresh grated ginger, and sliced scallions to bring out the sweetness while counteracting its rather rich oils to leave a light aftertaste on the palate.
May 4, 2012 - Thank you to everyone who has been visiting. I plan to update weekly now so be sure to check back every Monday for a new crazy cute character! Requests are very welcome and so far Mamegoma, Rilakkuma, and Nyan Nyan Nyanko have been requested and are in the process.... please be patient as there is a lot of information about them! Please keep spreading the word about the cuteness of San-X!!!