Asian Cat Photography

Cat cafe on a winter day, Ulsan, South Korea.

A leashed kitten in Ulsan, South Korea.

An Indonesian biker kitten.

Black cat on the streets of Tokyo, Japan.

Kittens cooling off under a bench in Malacca, Malaysia.

Fluffy cat battles fluffy toy in Taipei, Taiwan.

Cat resting in a restaurant booth in Taipei.

Friendly calico in the Philippines.

Variations of the same cat in Lake Toba, Indonesia.

Three kittens in Penang, Malaysia.

Cats forming a pleasing color scheme in Penang.

Sometimes, they reposition.

Tabby cat resting by newspapers in Penang.

Cat bored by the nighttime street action in Bangkok, Thailand.

Cat trying to sell some bootleg DVDs and microphones in Bangkok.

Cozy black kitten in southern Vietnam.

Laotian cat resting on its dirt floor, and simultaneously matching it.

Cat Cafe

I went to Seoul for the lunar new year this break. Though many businesses were closed for this holiday, it is one of the biggest cities in the world, so naturally there is still a lot to do.

One of the highlights of my trip was going to this cat cafe, Cats Living, which is located in the Hongdae district. I’ve been to one in Ulsan and in Daegu, but I’d have to say this one is the best.

All kinds of cats were there, from folded-ears, to short-haired, to long-haired, to Persian, to domestic, to striped to solid. It was quite the place to get the samplings of cats. Some of them were lazy, but some ran around the entire place, being finicky and picking fights with their feline companions.

At a place like this, one can pick up one of the cafe’s many toys and try to play with the active ones. Another option is to just sit with the mandatory beverage you must consume to be at one of these cat cafes. Or, you can just sit around at a table or the floor, and wait around for one of the cats to make its way towards you for some stray pets.

I really felt like I was in my natural element. It is certainly one of the best features of living in Asia.


Don’t you just wish you could be your cat sometimes? All they have to do is look cute and you feed and shelter them. Then they have no concept of earning money, trying to learn new languages, buying plane tickets or mending fabric. Their version of doing paperwork is making sure to lie down right on top of your pile of documents when they see you are concentrating.

You put a new piece of furniture in your room and all they can think of is how nice the texture is when they rub their head against it.

You think of how much of their winter coat they are leaving everywhere.