This weekend when we went to the shrines of Nikko we specifically wanted to see the carving of the sleeping cat known as the Nemuri Neko. It is one the most famous carvings in Japan and is found on the lintel in the inner shrine. The cat sleeping depicts peace in the world and on the other side of the carving there are sparrows so supposedly as long as the cat sleeps the sparrows are safe to play.
I have my own sleeping cat and I have to admit that I like mine more! Not particularly artistic but seeing Velvet so relaxed in his cat house makes me smile!
Let the sparrows play!