Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

It is unclear which is larger, the number of dog lovers or the number of cat fanciers. There are as many great literary works about cats as there are about dogs, both Japanese and foreign.

As for haiku, however, my feeling is that cats are more popular than dogs as the themes of these short Japanese poems will show. Is that because the gestures and appearances of cats strongly stimulate the poetic sentiments of haiku composers?

~ From "Vox Populi, Vox Dei," The Asahi Shimbun ~

Print by Hiroshige Ando, courtesy Library of Congress.

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