“I run an Izakaya,” says Ginji the hamster, introducing himself in his twitter profile. “My assistant’s name is Kosuke Sato and he runs a graveyard in Yachiyo City, Chiba.” Oddly enough, this is true. Sato really does operate a graveyard. He’s also a certified dog trainer and the proud owner of several pet hamsters. In his spare time he enjoys replicating Japanese bars (izakaya) and other rooms in miniature form and then photographing his hamsters as bartenders.
So far the star of his photo shoots, which he posts to twitter, has been Ginji, a greyish-white hamster who’s become an international sensation and amassed almost 60K followers on twitter. He’s become more famous than my gravestones, says Sato jokingly.
But it appears that a new up-and-coming star may be after Ginji’s spotlight. In a recent blog post Sato hinted that Ginji was going to retire and be replaced by Miroku, a darkish hamster.