Autumn (Tokyo Studio)

Shuubun: Waters dry up/ peanuts ripen (1 of 5)

October 5th, 2008

Shuubun 11 of 15Another cat encounter on this lazy Sunday. A family of cats sit out in a vacant block (used as a carpark) next to our stretch of the Kandagawa. Most likely street cats – but very healthy looking (with glossy fur and not much evidence of injuries) this family has mum (who is pregnat again), two kittens, an older kitten probably from a previous litter, and another grown up cat (dad?). They are probably being fed by the old man who lives in a tiny wooden house next door.

I came across an interesting theory about cats in Japan (by trawling through the internet). It is proposed (by catherine yronwode) that the infamous Hello Kitty is really a modern interpretation of Maneki Neko (the Beckoning Cat).

4 Responses to “Shuubun: Waters dry up/ peanuts ripen (1 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas in Austi
    October 6th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    what is the story of the beckoning cat? usually it’s me who beckons to cats, and they ignore me.

  2. 2 jolaw
    October 6th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    You know the beckoning cat….? They are the ceramic white cats with a red collar and a golden bell, holding one paw up and the other paw holding a gold token. You generally see them in Japanese and Asian shops in Australia. Wikipedia will give the full story (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneki_Neko). By the way, we will be heading to the Gotoku-ji – the cat shrine for departed cats (you may remember it from Chris Marker’s San Soleil). We will offer a prayer for Puzpuz and your dearly beloved friend.

  3. 3 Lucas
    October 8th, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Jo, can you choose and print out one of these shots of poor old Ruben to take and place in the cat shrine?
    http://flickr.com/search/?q=Ruben&w=39145294%40N00

    Perhaps one of the ones from his happy, healthy days!
    I would like that.
    Thanks, Lucas

  4. 4 jolaw
    October 8th, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Of course, Lucas. I have chosen ‘cat on the hat’ and will take it to the shrine. You have great photos of your good friend!