JAPANESE CULTURE BLOG — COLLECTABLES

Neko (猫)

COLLECTABLES

Neko (猫)

From ukiyo-e and Soseki Natsume’s “I Am a Cat” to lucky manaki-neko charms and Hello Kitty, it’s no joke that cats have always been a beloved source of inspiration in Japanese culture. Cat islands, such as Aoshima Island and Tashirojima Island, also remain popular destinations for feline-loving tourists. But it's street cats that hold a special place in the nation’s heart and are often cared for by the local community.  Did you know that shorthaired Japanese cats are a unique species? You’ll rarely see purebred Japanese cats today though, as Western breeds were introduced after World War II. To spot a hybrid Japanese cat, look out for:  Rounded noses and cheeks ...

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