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 ( 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?

    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!