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Why I’d Totally Follow This Guy’s Instagram If He Hadn’t Died In 1889

Kawanabe Kyosai. He’d have had the best instagram ever.

Because Goth WAY before Goth
(Excuse me, can we just zoom in on that action for a moment?)
Because elephant shenanigans
Because before magical folkloric foxes can turn themselves into alluring women bent on tempting silly humans to their doom, they have to PRACTICE TRANSFORMING
Because even spooks have to go to school
Because in the endless battle between cats and carp, sometimes the fish sets a watery trap, and sometimes the cats get together and torment the drunken carp with tweezers, yes, TWEEZERS
Because even crows have their bitchy days
Because who WOULDN’T want to see an endless stream of drawings from a guy who draws smoking cats lying on carp boats being pulled by kittens?

Of course, these are just a small appetizer – the show is HUGE, and so full of great stuff, it took me over an hour to see it all. If you’re in Tokyo before “This is Kyosai: The Israel Goldman Collection” ends on April 16, 2017, GO. It’s at the Bunkamura in Shibuya, costs ¥1400 to get in, and subject me to an hour in the room with the winner of the fart battle if it’s not worth every yen. Here’s the link. All these images were shot from the show’s catalog, which is also worth every yen.

If you’d like to visit Shibuya the next time you’re in Tokyo, all my favorite stuff to do is on my other blog, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

If you love all things Japan, you might enjoy The Last Tea Bowl Thief too

“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist

Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

4 thoughts on “Why I’d Totally Follow This Guy’s Instagram If He Hadn’t Died In 1889 Leave a comment

    • Me neither! I had so many pages tagged with post-it notes in my catalog, it was ridiculous (but I didn’t want to spoil the ENTIRE show for those who might actually be able to come see it lol)

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