I love Yanaka because Yanaka loves cats. I'm not sure why there are so many cat-related doodads in this suburb, but apparently the area is well-known for its stray felines (possibly because it has so many trees, temples and cemeteries where cats can roam freely), and that's why the residents have adopted cats as their unofficial symbol.
If you love cats, or want to spoil a cat-lover with cat presents, I recommend Neco Action. Delightful.
All these photos were taken in Yanaka. Click on the photos to see bigger versions.