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Supernatural Cats of Japan

$12 per device Online Experience
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What We’ll Do

What's sometimes charming, sometimes gruesome, but always interesting? The supernatural cats of Japan. Join author and folklorist Zack Davisson for a live chat about the spooky felines. He'll illuminate the mysterious realm of kaibyō (supernatural cats) with dozens of ukiyo-e prints from his namesake book, Kaibyō. Cat lovers and Japanophiles alike won't want to miss this in-depth exploration.

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Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
Zack Davisson
Zack Davisson

Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer, lecturer, and scholar of Japanese folklore. He is the author of Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan, Yurei: The Japanese Ghost and Yokai Stories from Chin Music Press, and the translator for acclaimed artist Mizuki Shigeru with works such as Showa: A History of Japan, Tono Monogatari, and Kitaro. Davisson lived in Japan for many years and wrote his MA thesis on yurei. As a translator and lecturer, he continues to share his love for Japanese folklore. Working with the Japanese government-sponsored Japan Foundation, Davisson has lectured on Japanese folklore in both the United States and Australia, as well as consulted on museum exhibitions for the Museum of International Folklore and the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam. He has also lectured on translation and folklore at Duke University, UCLA, and Annapolis Naval Academy.

What Else You Should Know

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

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