Neko no shibai 猫の芝居 [Cat theatre]

Utagawa Kunisada IIIcirca 1870s to 1880s

Cambridge University Library

Cambridge University Library
Cambridge, United Kingdom

This miniature book from around the 1880s looks back to the now obsolete samurai, featuring colourful illustrations of cats in costume, including cats dressed as Edo-period samurai with swords. The text written around the cats consists of playful dialogue. Many colourful miniature books like this were produced at the end of the 19th century.


  • Title: Neko no shibai 猫の芝居 [Cat theatre]
  • Creator: Illustrated by [Utagawa] Kunimasa 歌川国政 [IV] (1848-1920).
  • Date Created: circa 1870s to 1880s
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Type: Woodblock-printed book
  • Rights: Cambridge University Library

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