THIS BOOK WILL BE RELEASED ON: Aug 11, 2020
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Countryman Press; 1 edition (August 11, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1682684733
- ISBN-13: 978-1682684733
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 7 inches
Catland: The Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan
An irresistibly cute and colorful celebration of Japan’s thriving cat culture
Before Hello Kitty rocketed to fame in the United States and around the world, she was a shoo-in for stardom in a country famous for its feline love affair: Japan. From cat cafes to “cat islands,” all of Japan’s furry friends take the spotlight in Catland. Picturesque city streets, shop windows, temples, and more are the stage for cats across the country. But Sarah Archer will also take readers behind the scenes of this phenomenon.
With charming storytelling, Catland explores both the past and present of Japan’s affinity for cats. Archer transports readers to modern workshops where the Japanese carefully craft traditionally woven cat beds, “beckoning cat” statues, and cat clothing. With adorable illustrations and photographs, this book is just as irresistibly cute as its subjects―the perfect gift for the cat lover in your life.
About the Author
Sarah Archer is a writer and curator who specializes in design and material culture. The author of Midcentury Christmas and The Midcentury Kitchen, she contributes to Slate, The Atlantic, Architectural Digest, and newyorker.com. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.