The bakeneko, the legend of the "monster cat" 化け猫

  • Published on : 03/06/2022
  • by : Ph.L
  • Rating :
    3/5
Le Bakeneko, un chat pas ordinaire

The Bakeneko, an unusual cat

Fudo Myo.com

A centuries-old superstition still very present today

At the origin of a centuries-old superstition, the bakeneko or "monster-cat" is both feared and celebrated...Its long tail allows it to stand up, and it is even said to have the gift of raising the dead! Today, a festival is held every year in his honor in the small Tokyo district of Kagurazaka!

 

Literally "cat-monster", the bakeneko is a yôkai (spirit of Japanese folklore) taking on the appearance of a long-tailed cat. This tail would allow it to walk on two legs, and some special abilities like speech, metamorphism, and even the resurrection of the dead!

On a slightly more horrifying note, a cat transformed into a bakeneko would even go so far as to kill its master to take his place and thus control the entire household!

But don't worry, not every cat is a bakeneko!

To become a bakeneko, a cat must meet certain criteria: be at least 13 years old, weigh more than 3.5 kg, and have an abnormally long tail. A characteristic that launched a fashion in the 17th century: the short-tailed cats!

Représentation d'un Bakeneko

Representation of a Bakeneko

wikia.com

Japanese bobtail, short-tailed cat

Japanese bobtail, short-tailed cat

Un défilé de Bakeneko à Kagurazaka

A Bakeneko parade in Kagurazaka

Flick/LSP Tokyo

Les enfants profitent aussi du festival

Children also enjoy the festival

Flick/LSP Tokyo

Latest Articles

A miko, Shinto priestess.

Shinto

The original religion of Japan is Shinto, worshiping the forces of nature.

Lake Kawaguchiko Sakura Mont Fuji

The cherry blossoms through art

With the arrival of spring, the streets, gardens and mountains of Japan welcome the cherry blossoms and the whole archipelago is covered in pink for a few days, a few weeks.

Koban at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Koban

A permanent fixture on the streets of Japan, Koban or police boxes, are there to help bring order to their designated neighborhood as well as help lost tourists.

See All (348)

Comments

Rate the content

Your comment

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
* Required fields