NEKO (cats)

These intelligent animals hold a special place in Japanese culture. From the Maneki-neko (beckoning cat) figurines bringing fortune, so familiar from Japanese store windows, to fearsome apparitions and demons. Most of all, Japanese cats are understanding and furry friends.

In the shimmering haze

The cat mumbled something

In its sleep

Haiku poem by Issa (1763-1828)

Tori (birds)

GRAPHIC ART

Patterns and shapes can make for beautiful art. Anna Maia uses well-known imagery such as traditional wooden kokeshi dolls and tetsubin (iron kettles), and playfully arranges them in a way that pleases both mind and eye.