20.7.10

from clever nettle


I have wanted one of Anja's frock paintings since she first started posting about them. I missed out on the originals, but she has prints on Etsy. I only let myself get one for now, and it was hard to choose! I went with Frock No. 6, and it arrived on Friday. It is beautiful.  I'm always amazed when I get a print that looks like it could be the original.


The day before, though, I came home to a surprise she had sent me in the mail: a Japanese magazine about cats! (Despite the fact that she mailed it weeks before I ordered the print, they came one right after the other -- the mail is so baffling sometimes).

This thing is bonkers! It is amazing! I've flipped through it so many times and every time I find something new. A section with pictures of cats in repose, under the heading "Sexy?" A section on famous YouTube cats (including Maru).  I learned all about Tama, a cat who is a station master at Tama train station (well, I didn't learn about her in the magazine, but I was able to pick out enough words to perform a search online). A true delight.  I hope to visit Tama station one day.



These two spreads are from a section called Lovely Cat Festival. Look at all these kitten eyes staring out! Have you ever tried to hug a magazine?


There's a section about shop cats! Look at the guy in the middle in a bow tie. A true businessman.


Cat profiles! I think.


Cats and fish! There is an action shot in the middle of a fisherman giving out fish with a whole bunch of cats in mid-leap. So good.


I'm not sure what this is but I hope it's something like a social networking page for your cat. There are tons of these.

There is nothing better than other people's thoughtfulness. Thanks, buddy!  You're the best.




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Thank you all so much for your comments on Summer Water!  I agree that the logo is so beautiful, and I am so proud of us for doing it, even if it took a long time.  Thank you, thank you!

28 comments:

  1. hahahaahahah oh my word! this is pretty fantastic. i think you need to go to japan and do a massive article on cat culture. that would be amazing.

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  2. oh my word. it looks CRAZY!

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  3. This is hysterical! It reminds me of the "Kittens--Inspired by Kittens" video.

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  4. Oh! I love her frock prints. That magazine is amazing. I'm pretty speechless. Kitty profiles, kitty action shots, shop cat with a bowtie *swoon*! I think the Japanese have it right.

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  5. my head just exploded.

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  6. Oh please let it be social networking for cats!! Incredible!

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  7. WHOA. I definitely need to find a copy/subscription to this magazine.
    I can see why you'd want to hug it.

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  8. i NEED that magazine. that is amazing.
    you probably already know about this but just in case you didn't:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/p00kke#p/u/1/8CWP_kx7_Qo

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  9. That is one awesome magazine. The Japanese always have such a way with these kind of things.

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  10. Oh my word this is awesome! xxx

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  11. Haha this is too great. Anja seems to have an excellent taste in magazines, I also love all her Fudge magazine scans!

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  12. Oh my. I've never tried to hug a magazine but I just tried to hug my computer screen. Precious!

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  13. Yesssss!! I'm so glad you took such great photos of the mag, I tried to get a few snaps before I sent it but kept getting major glare from my window. It really is a very special magazine. I figured that those pages with millions of photos were maybe pictures people had sent in to the mag? Hard to say. Even the cat cam has a feature in there, I have one!!

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  14. that magazine is SO funny! :D

    Cats do rule the internet, it's a fact.
    But all this cat talk makes me wish there was a dog equivalent to your dreamcats tumblr.
    I like cats, but I love dogs. :)

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  15. I love Anja's frock paintings too.
    The cat mag is so good. Maybe the last pages are kitties looking for love?

    Oh, I love the sailor dress you made too.

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  16. oh my God! this is soooooooooo cute !! How wonderful it must be to be a reporter for that magazine :)

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  17. What an awesome magazine! I love cats! (especially Maru!!)

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  18. Oh wow, I would love to get my hands on that kitty magazine! It looks amazing.

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  19. the lovely cat festival?!?!? i want to go!

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  20. Oh man this magazine is rad! That cat walking with the fish in it's mouth is way. too. much!

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  21. oh no! this is good madness! i was spending time on that cat's blog who runs himself into boxes. was that because of you? i am lost on the internets as per usual. xo from me :)

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  22. Now that is waaaayyyyy cool!

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  23. that Japanese cat magazine is incredible!
    I just saw a story about shop cats and cat cafe's in Japan and only because of that am I not totally flummoxed over the magazine.
    I love Japanese ephemera. Especially their craft magazines!!!

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  24. That. is. insane!

    Like I said, I don't think I'm at all a "cat person," but I always crack up when I read your posts about them. I think you've absolutely reached a level of synonymity with the word "cat"! (If "synonymity" is a word. I must be thinking of "anonymity"? But c'mon!)

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  25. Awesome! I love when they put random headlines, like sexy. So random. Hug a magazine, I would.

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  26. I love shop cats. That Japanese article reminded me of the orange cat who used to hang out at Yung Sing Pastry on Baldwin Ave. My friend thought it was unsanitary, but the cat kept mice away. Comic Relief in Berkeley has a friendly tabby who stands in the doorway sometimes.

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  27. AGH! I NEED this magazine. Hours of fun guaranteed!!

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  28. my sisters birthday is monday and she'd love this magazine! do you know where I can find it? If so, please email me paperpastries@gmail.com

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