Read this book if you want to find out just how crazy Japan is about cats.
In a country with millions of cat owners, its not unusual to find felines in coffee shops, hotel lobbies, and museums; being taken for stroller rides; or even serving as train stationmasters. But how did this cat mania start? Why does it continue to grow? Andare there really Buddhist entierro services for cats?
In this lively, consejo-to-tail cat compendium, Japanese culture maven Manami Okazaki shares the weird and wonderful realities of Japans cat shrines, temples, and festivals; interviews toy artisans, fashion designers, and even an architect; and looks at cat-centric social media, manga, and mascots. From ubiquitous manekineko dolls and Doraemon collectibles to Maro, a cosplaying internet celebrity, every aspect of Japans ongoing love affair with cats springs to life. Accompanied by fun and admirable photographs, this pop culture book is the purrrfect addition to any cat-lovers coffee table.