Cats of Japan
Woodblock Prints by Hokusai, Hiroshige and Other Artists
Featuring the works Japan’s most
celebrated neko-e artists, this gorgeous
boxed set contains a volume of more than
seventy exquisite accordion-fold prints and
an accompanying booklet with explanatory
For centuries, cats have played an essential role in Japanese culture and folklore. Long before Hello Kitty, they were fetishized and revered by every strata of Japanese society, especially by artists. This volume collects dozens of prints by the greatest masters of Japanese printmaking including Hokusai, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, Utamaro, and Kunichika. It beautifully reflects the complex nature of the country’s attachment to felines. Cats are depicted as playful and cuddly, menacing and predatory; they are imbued with erotic meaning; and regarded as symbols of wealth and taste. They can be seen as having human qualities, yet also take on monstrous forms. Each of these prints captures its subject’s personality with meticulous detail, vibrant colors, and intricate patterns. Included in this package is a booklet featuring an introduction to and brief texts about each of the works—making this the perfect gift for cat fanciers, Japanese culture enthusiasts and lovers of woodblock prints.