Cats in the 19th Century (Part 18-Japanese Demon Cat)

Japanese Demon Cat Demon cat stories persisted into the 19th century in Japan, and the story The Cat-Witch of Okabe was reenacted on stage.  In order to terrify the young virgins at the local temple, the witch-cat disguised herself as an old woman.  In Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s depiction of a kabuki performance of about 1835, an […]

HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE DARK AGES (PART 10)

The Cat in Japan: The cat reached Japan from China in the late 900’s during the Edo period reign of Emperor Ichigo (986-1011).  At first only the rich could afford such a rare pet, and so the cat became popular amongst royalty.  The young Emperor loved his cats, and when on the 19th day of […]