I haven't had a pet cat since I was a child, but the local cats love the wild and untended back yard of our crumbling, old house. It is a walled sanctuary, green and quiet, in an urban area filled with tall buildings and concrete. I've seen several generations of cats and kittens hang out in our yard. Watching them nap in the pools of sunlight, or the shade of a wall, is one of my favorite entertainments and has inspired many an etegami.
The Etegami Cats desk calendar is for sale on my Etsy shop. The calendar starts from April 2013 and goes till March 2014. If you're a cat person, please take a look!
Etegami (e= "picture"; tegami= "letter/message") are simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words. They are usually done on postcards so that they can be easily mailed off to one's friends. Though etegami has few hard-and-fast rules, traditional tools and materials include writing brushes, sumi ink, blocks of water-soluble, mineral-based pigments called gansai, and washi postcards that have varying degrees of "bleed." They often depict some ordinary item from everyday life, especially items that bring a particular season to mind.