CHARACTER HOME PAGE

cat
Kanji 1742

Thank you for visiting this Character Home Page. Below you'll find a synopsis of the essay. If you wish to read the full text, the PDF of the essay is available for purchase to the right.

Synopsis

The cat is omnipresent in Japan, appearing in nearly every house in olden times and in cat cafes today. Having inspired scads of charming expressions, as well as Hello Kitty and beckoning porcelain figurines, cats have also stimulated the imaginations of creative types from Kuniyoshi to Soseki and Haruki Murakami. Find out why Japanese people have such deep affection for cats. 

Revision history:

Dec. 13, 2013: On p. 4, I changed "can't" to "won't" in the proverb "A crying cat won't catch a mouse."

Mar. 31, 2013: Fixed links on pp. 2, 12, and 15.

Comments

Add comment

Log in or register to post comments
Kanji PDF
Mini Profile
JOYO ON-YOMI
ビョウ
JOYO KUN-YOMI
ねこ
STROKES11
RADICAL犭 (94: animal)
JLPTN2
HALPERN391/488
HENSHALL1742
SPAHN3g8.5