Fukura is Masahiro Sakurai’s cat. Fukura is always written in hiragana, so the exact meaning of her name is unknown. When asked what her name means or what the inspiration was from, Sakurai stated that, “it’s a secret”. He states that the full name would actually be Fukkura which could mean ‘plump’, or ‘fluffy’ in Japanese.
Sakurai lovingly calls her Fukurashi. Her birthday is April 6th, 2009. She is a Scottish-fold, and shares the same birthday as Kiki, Junichi Masuda’s cat (Kiki is two years younger than Fukura). Sakurai is a cat person, and often shares pictures of Fukura in his Famitsu columns and on
Fukura was originally thought to be the cat inside Pokemon Stadium 2, but Sakurai has confirmed that this is not the case. It’s currently unknown whose cat that is.
This is the most popular picture of Fukura– which was retweeted over 21,000 times. To put it in perspective, the Lucas reveal tweet was retweeted just over 10,000 times.
Click here if you would like to see a list of all of Sakurai’s tweets about Fukura, which is maintained by a Japanese fan.