Zack Davisson - Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan

A brilliant evening for cat-lovers, art collectors, and fans of Japanese folklore...

Zack Davisson presents an in-depth exploration of the sometimes charming, sometimes gruesome feline creatures and ghosts of Japan. Davisson illuminates the vast realm of kaibyō, or supernatural cats, with historical and modern cultural context. Lushly illustrated in full color with dozens of ukiyo-e prints and drawings. A must-have book for the Japanophile and cat-lover alike.

"Kaibyō: The Supernatural Cats of Japan is an extremely diverting and stunningly produced celebration of the phantom feline in its myriad of manifestations—some alluring, others humorous and many outright terrifying. Award-winning translator, writer, lecturer, manga scholar, Japanese folklore expert and author of Yūrei: The Japanese Ghost, Zach Davisson is the ideal guide to this furred and fanged underworld. An expertly researched and engagingly penned text is embellished by the inclusion of an intriguing selection of uncanny cat tales by other authors and centuries' old legends newly-translated by Mr. Davisson. The publishers must be congratulated for creating a book of extraordinary lavishness. Although a paperback release, no expense has been spared in an exquisitely designed book brimming with a toothsome array of full-color artwork reproductions." —Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino, co-authors of Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati and The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse

Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer, and scholar of Japanese folklore and ghosts. He is the author of Yurei: The Japanese Ghost from Chin Music Press. He is the translator of Eisner Award-winning and Harvey-nominated Shigeru Mizuki's Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan, and a 2014 nominee of the Japanese-US Friendship Commission Translation Prize. Other translation works include the famous folklore comic Kitaro (Drawn and Quarterly) and the works of Satoshi Kon (Dark Horse). He was a researcher and on-screen talent for National Geographic's TV special "Japan: Lost Souls of Okinawa" and maintains HYAKUMONOGATARI.COM, a popular Japanese folklore website.
Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781634059169
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Chin Music - November 7th, 2017

Yurei: The Japanese Ghost Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781634059695
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chin Music - May 15th, 2018