The Easel

Archives: Philip Kennicott

4th June 2019

Cute puppies and octopus sex: A Japanese art exhibition reveals our fascination with animals

Animals, for the Japanese, figure prominently in their culture. They feature in the Shinto religion, sometimes with supernatural powers, other times representing human foibles. Animal iconography also appears in secular political and philosophical discourse. And, of course, there is contemporary kitsch. All in all, a very, very Japanese thing.