|A black cat,|
because of its very color, can conceal itself and virtually disappear in the darkness.
It is because of this that a black cat is nowadays considered an omen of bad luck.
But in the Japan of the past, because of its ability to see
in the dark, a black cat was considered a harbinger of good fortune.
It was only later, under the influence of western culture, that these messengers of good luck,
black down to their claws, became a symbol of ill fortune, and their prior incarnation
as benevolent deities gradually vanished into the past . . .