‘Norwegian Wood’ author wants to visit Taiwan’s Houtong Cat Village
Renowned Japanese writer Maruki Murakami ( ), who is known as a cat lover, has said that he has never been to Taiwan and is interested in visiting the country’s Houtong ( ) Cat Village.
Responding to a comment on his website, the bestselling writer said some of the Taiwan destinations mentioned in the post seemed interesting.
“I’ve never been to Taiwan, and would like to go to the cat village,” said Murakami, whose novel “Norwegian Wood” ( ) became a bestseller in Taiwan after it was published in 1987.
The comment on Murakami’s website was written by a 49-yearold man posting under the username Miracle.
Taiwan’s cat village, Houtong, is located along the Pingxi railway line in northern Taiwan, Miracle wrote.
He also mentioned the moun- tainous Maokong ( ) area in suburban Taipei, which is famous for its tea houses and is accessible by cable car. Miracle indicated that although there is no cat culture in Maokong, the name of the place is interesting because it literally means “empty of cats.”
In a response dated March 30, Murakami also asked about differences between cats in Japan and Taiwan.
Houtong, a former mining town in New Taipei’s Rueifang District, draws hundreds of tourists and cat lovers daily, who go mainly to see the 100-plus cats that freely roam the streets.