Catland: The Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan (Hardcover)
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An irresistible and colorful celebration of Japan’s thriving cat culture.
In Japan, cats rule. And the country’s feline love affair is now a worldwide phenomenon. From cat cafés and Hello Kitty to the familiar sight of a maneki neko (“beckoning cat”) waving its paw from a shop window, cat lovers all over the world are more immersed in Japan’s cat culture than they may realize.
With charming storytelling, Catland will introduce you to cats practicing to become monks, a designer who makes cat costumes inspired by the fashions of 18th-century France, and skilled craftsmen who build pieces of fine furniture precisely scaled down to suit feline customers. Packed with photographs, works of art, pop culture and folklore, Catland is the perfect gift for the cat lover in your life.
About the Author
Sarah Archer is a writer and curator who specializes in design and material culture. The author of Midcentury Christmas and The Midcentury Kitchen, she contributes to Slate, The Atlantic, Architectural Digest, and newyorker.com. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The book is filled with gorgeous color images of life with cats in Japan and it is truly a joy to look through.
— The Community Cats Podcast
From Hello Kitty to cat monks in training, this photo-packed volume is an homage to the weird and wonderful furballs that share our homes and our hearts.