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According to the legend, when a cat reaches a certain age it gains the ability to talk, walk on hind legs and its tail splits. Toriyama Sekien‘s depiction in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō shows three cats, seemingly in the stages of transformation.1
|Hyakkai Zukan||Bakemono no e|
- View the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō online here: Gazu Hyakki Yagyō Online.
1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: over Publications, Inc.
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