What (am I currently reading)?
I am currently reading The Cat With Three Passports by CJ Fentiman (Twitter: @CJFentiman) .
This memoir was published in November 2020 by Silver Vine Press.
Blurb (taken from: amazon.co.uk)
A girl struggling to fit in. A homeless kitten. An unexpected job offer in an unfamiliar country that changes everything. CJ had a long history of escaping places and people she wasn’t fond of. But for the sake of a silver tabby, she decided to stay in Japan for a while. This decision helped her open up her heart and mind, revisit her way of thinking, and reconnect with her estranged family. Let this heartwarming memoir take you to the land of cats and cherry trees as you read about CJ’s adventures – from the craziness of Furukawa’s naked men festival, the experience of forest bathing and the significance of finding a life purpose or ikigai, to the temples of Takayama, and wonders of Cat Island – you’ll see what a homeless kitten found outside a temple in Japan taught her about an old culture and new beginnings.
Why (have I chosen to read it)?
This book had no reviews at the time I looked at reading it, which seems sad – so I thought I’d give it a go. I should say I took it on with trepidation – I do give up on many “unknown” authors due to bad grammar etc. But, wow I am loving this!
So far it is a positive uplifting memoir about the author CJ, and her boyfriend, moving to Japan to teach and CJ finding and adopting a kitten. Its about living in Japan, the wonder of the festivals, the food (enjoyed and not) and of course cats (plus so much more). References to CJ’s difficult childhood, are (so far) background info; the book is very much about the present, new experiences, staying positive and not dwelling on the past.
I haven’t finished it yet, but am anticipating its going to get a great rating! (assuming the cat stays safe)
While (I am reading it)
I’ve been thinking about non-lockdown traditions that usually take place here in Austria at this time of year. Obviously the Christmas Markets, but also about St Nicholas and Krampus. In normal years, St Nicholas often visits children’s houses during the daytime. He is invited in to meet the children, who tell him their names. St Nicholas then find his notes on the children in his big heavy book and tells them what they’ve done in the past year that has been very good, and what needs improvement. If the children have been very bad there is the chance that they might get taken away by a Krampus (see picture)
St Nicholas also makes an appearance in our town square and gives out gifts to all the young children. Later in the evening the Krampus arrive and are totally terrifying. They are kept behind barriers, to protect spectators, but that doesn’t stop them trying to grab and steal people away. This year even the Krampus are obeying lockdown regulations, so here is a photo I took a few years ago. Krampus come in many different shapes, sizes and forms, the only common factor is that they are all very scary (and, according to rumour, enjoy a glass a schnapps!)
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All the best, Emma