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Seriously! What's up with Japanese and cats?
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TribalRoots wrote:

@ qualeshia3 - I actually is more of a dog person, though i do like cats as well. I'm just amazed/baffled by the amount of cats in anime!



I like dogs too and not just those little dogs......those gentle giants. I question why this is all over the place a little more.

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Hahahaha! That's one wierd arse looking dog, but i feel ya!
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ARE YOU INSULTING HAPPY? You should be ashamed of yourself. Shame on you!



Worst mascot character ever.
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And everyone loves cats (pussies),
not just the Japanese. So?



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i think cats are adorable, never been into people dressed like cats tho lol


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1. Japanese is the land of anything considered cute, or moe.
2. Part of culture and folklore's

" In Japan, there is the Maneki Neko, also referred to in English as the "good fortune" or "good luck" cat. It is usually a sitting cat with paw raised and bent. Legend in Japan has it that a cat waved a paw at a Japanese landlord, who was intrigued by this gesture and went towards it. A few seconds later a lightning bolt struck where the landlord had been previously standing. The landlord attributed his good fortune to the cat's fortuitous action. A symbol of good luck hence, it is most often seen in businesses to draw in money. In Japan, the flapping of the hand is a "come here" gesture, so the cat is beckoning customers.
There is also a small cat shrine (neko jinja (猫神社?)) built in the middle of the Tashirojima island. In the past, the islanders raised silkworms for silk, and cats were kept in order to keep the mouse population down (because mice are a natural predator of silkworms). Fixed-net fishing was popular on the island after the Edo Period and fishermen from other areas would come and stay on the island overnight. The cats would go to the inns where the fishermen were staying and beg for scraps. Over time, the fishermen developed a fondness for the cats and would observe the cats closely, interpreting their actions as predictions of the weather and fish patterns. One day, when the fishermen were collecting rocks to use with the fixed-nets, a stray rock fell and killed one of the cats. The fishermen, feeling sorry for the loss of the cat, buried it and enshrined it at this location on the island.
Another Japanese legend of cats is the bakeneko: when a cat lives to a certain age, it grows another tail and can stand up and speak in a human language."

- via Wiki but convoy's the general basis


i actually read all of that and it was quite interesting thanks for sharing

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TribalRoots wrote:

Hahahaha! That's one wierd arse looking dog, but i feel ya! :D






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@ qualeshia3:
Hell, he told me to write that!
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Cats are more popular on the internet...

So is anime....

Get the picture?
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Whats up with you and not cats?
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F*%kin' furries. Lol
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Kalashnikov88 wrote:

1. Japanese is the land of anything considered cute, or moe.
2. Part of culture and folklore's

" In Japan, there is the Maneki Neko, also referred to in English as the "good fortune" or "good luck" cat. It is usually a sitting cat with paw raised and bent. Legend in Japan has it that a cat waved a paw at a Japanese landlord, who was intrigued by this gesture and went towards it. A few seconds later a lightning bolt struck where the landlord had been previously standing. The landlord attributed his good fortune to the cat's fortuitous action. A symbol of good luck hence, it is most often seen in businesses to draw in money. In Japan, the flapping of the hand is a "come here" gesture, so the cat is beckoning customers.
There is also a small cat shrine (neko jinja (猫神社?)) built in the middle of the Tashirojima island. In the past, the islanders raised silkworms for silk, and cats were kept in order to keep the mouse population down (because mice are a natural predator of silkworms). Fixed-net fishing was popular on the island after the Edo Period and fishermen from other areas would come and stay on the island overnight. The cats would go to the inns where the fishermen were staying and beg for scraps. Over time, the fishermen developed a fondness for the cats and would observe the cats closely, interpreting their actions as predictions of the weather and fish patterns. One day, when the fishermen were collecting rocks to use with the fixed-nets, a stray rock fell and killed one of the cats. The fishermen, feeling sorry for the loss of the cat, buried it and enshrined it at this location on the island.
Another Japanese legend of cats is the bakeneko: when a cat lives to a certain age, it grows another tail and can stand up and speak in a human language."

- via Wiki but convoy's the general basis


Correct.

Also, allow me to take this question more seriously then it probably needs to be for a second, and point you to some stuff about cats being worshipped as supernatural entities across many cultures throughout history.

Egypt liked cats. A lot. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_in_ancient_Egypt
There were also a number of Norse, Greek and Roman gods who were related to cats in some fashion. The Chinese, despite some regions actually eating cats as a regular meal, had cat gods (most notable probably being the ones in charge of protecting farms from pests and such). There are a lot of other examples, and many of them have less to do with cat deity's and more to do with luck/demons/spirits but at any rate you get the idea and I'm too lazy to go scouring google for that stuff. The point is that cats have cultural significance pretty much anywhere you go and as such you'd be hard-pressed to find a society that doesn't have some affinity with them.

But as far as anime goes, the more likely reason is that cats are cute and anime artists like cute stuff and cute stuff sells well. I don't think it goes much deeper than that in most cases.

Also I've realized that the internet is basically Egypt the way we seem to revere cats round here.
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Yep its true that the worshiping of cats is not just limited to japan, but often in many histories. Just felt that only needed to reference specific to said question. But still the more you know right?
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To be truthful in real life I tend to see see way more dogs than I do cats but that's probably because people don't walk their cats.

Cats have a little symbolism, and it's not just a Japanese things. As far it plaguing anime I'd need some more objective proof that cats litter anime more than anything else to the point it's worth noting.
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Without we wouldn't have neko girls! Do not insult the cat!!
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TribalRoots wrote:

@ qualeshia3:
Hell, he told me to write that! :D



Ah.
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