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Kanji 1742

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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:

Jan. 30, 2018: Fixed broken links throughout the essay. Also made these changes:

pp. 2–3: I swapped the expressions 猫の子一匹居ない and 猫一匹いない because the former is the common one, and the latter appears in books but not dictionaries. More important, I had said that the 猫の子 in the first expression didn't mean "kitten," but it does! I've revised that.
p. 9: Added an oddly omitted definition for 一年.

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.

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