A pair of cats who have been trying to enter an art museum in Japan for two years to no foreseeable avail is instead getting into people’s hearts online.
The resilient felines, Ken (Ken-chan, black) and Gosaku (Go-chan, ginger), began their attempts to step into the Hiroshima Onomichi City Museum of Art in 2016 during a cat photography exhibit.
— 尾道市立美術館 (@bijutsu1) October 31, 2018
In a photo snapped by Twitter user @mukusuke, Ken-chan is seen sitting on the museum’s entrance mat, presumably waiting for the opportunity to get in and check out what the fuss was all about.
But as seen in another photo, the museum’s security guard shoos poor Ken-chan away.
Sadly, the scene would be the same in the next two years.
In 2017, Ken-chan made another attempt to enter but failed once again.
It’s as if Ken-chan eventually realized that his plan was not working so he “summoned” another feline, Go-chan, who tried his luck around this year’s Halloween.
Just like Ken-chan’s attempts, Go-chan is seen approaching the museum entrance, expecting a regal welcome.
However, poor Go-chan suffers the same fate as the security guard lifts him away from the door.
If it’s any consolation, Go-chan received loving scratches on the head from the security guard.
The pair’s struggle has since amused netizens on Japanese social media, with many finding their failed attempts charming. Still, plenty are hoping that both felines actually make it inside in the future.
“They’re both so cute!”
“It’s adorable how much they want to get in!”
“They’re gonna need to strategize better to get past these hoomans. Hope they make it!”
“I wish the guard would let them in even for just a while. They must be very curious to see what’s inside.”
“I hope they make it in their next try!”
While Ken-chan and Go-chan are yet to set paw inside the museum, they already made it to its official gift shop.
Good luck, Ken-chan and Go-chan!