‘Nor­we­gian Wood’ au­thor wants to visit Tai­wan’s Hou­tong Cat Vil­lage

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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