Recently, blog Tokyo Times claimed that while Japan's birth rate declines, people are choosing pets over progeny. And in order to satisfy maternal cravings, people are treating their animals more and more like children, and that means the market for adorable pet clothes and accessories is booming. Personally, I think there's a fine line between silly and grotesque when it comes to dressing your animal up, and this kimono definitely crosses it. I mean, it's perfectly acceptable to spoil your pet--that's part of the fun of having one--but c'mon, let the poor creature maintain its dignity. (Besides, is it just me or do you get kind of a creepy Jon Benet-esque feeling about some of the sparkly outfits out there being marketed as "sexy?" Yuck.) Still, you can't help but laugh at some of these pictures...
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