Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 6, 2023 by Crystal Uys


Having been the beneficiary of the profound changes cats can bring into our lives for a good part of my own life, I always enjoy memoirs about life changing cats. In The Cat with Three Passports: What a Japanese cat taught me about an old culture and new beginning, CJ Fentiman shares the story of how Gershwin, a bedraggled silver tabby she rescues from the streets, not only changed her travel plans, but changed her life in ways she never expected.

This book is part cat memoir and part travelogue. The author’s descriptive writing style makes you feel as if you were right there in the land of cats and cherry trees. I really didn’t know much about Japanese culture, and thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of the book. Did you know that the Japanese recommend “forest bathing” as stress relief from living in crowded cities? The author takes  us along as she explores ancient temples, crazy festivals, and the famed Cat Island.

Ultimately, this book is about CJ finding her ikigai, a Japanese concept referring to having a direction or purpose in life and providing a sense of fulfillment to a person. Of course, cats play a pivotal role to help her open her heart and mind.

A homeless kitten, an old culture, and new beginnings: I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming memoir. I only wish there had been photos in the book, but you can see those on CJ’s Instagram.

The Cat with Three Passports is available from Amazon.

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4 Comments on The Cat with Three Passports (2023 Review)

  1. Thank you for this recommendation:) I am going to get this book on my kindle. Japanese culture, new beginnings and cats:) Purrfect.

  2. We always really enjoy anything to do with Asian culture. Add in a cat and we are going to take a look at this one. Thanks

  3. This sounds really interesting. I had to google the meaning of forest bathing. Getting out in nature sounds like a good idea. It does seem my outdoorsy friends seem to be happier.

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