TOKYO, Japan — In this country known for its legendary cats, a dynamic new group of felines are casting aside all the established rules and forging their own paths.
Japan is home to arguably the two greatest cat masters of all time – Maru, whose work with cardboard boxes has pushed the medium further than any cat in this century ...
... and Shironeko, whose series of pieces exploring the idea of "being really chilled out and sometimes sleeping" have inspired a generation.
But Maru and Shiro are just the most internationally famous members of a thriving scene in Japan, and a new crop of upstarts are building on their legacy. They are scrappy, they are dynamic, and they are not afraid to break the rules. These are the Japanese cats of the future.