This painting was done for the Kats challenge for the Kats ebay group I belong to. It's a smallish group dedicated to cat artists. The theme was "colorful cats". If you're interested to see all the entries, go to ebay and do a search for "Kats challenge". This kitty is an Oiran, which is a high ranking courtesan from the Edo era. Of course there are no more Oiran working in Japan, but women still dress up as them for yearly festivals. An Oiran made her living from her body, using her beauty and social graces as her greatest assets. I don't know about you, but I would think a man would be completely terrified by such an amazingly dressed woman! Click here for the ebay auction!