Bice was the first of the kittens to arrive in Japan in early 1997. She is a purebred Bengal and was born in San Francisco, coming to Tokyo through the kind handling of Northwest Airlines. At that time there was no quarantine for cats arriving into Japan. We named her Bice after the restaurant by the same name where Yoshiko and I first met in 1993. The name is the Italian variance of the name, Beatrice.
She has always been a inquisitive and curious cat, preferring human company to spending much with the other cats. She has been fairly free from any illnesses although as she got older, her thyroid condition has been acting up, she has gained a lot of weight and is perpetually hungry. And she will eat just about anything: vegetables, salmon, chicken, cream cheese and the cat treats I bring home from business trips.
Bice enjoys time just with us, especially outside on the back veranda where she can wear her leash and watch the birds.
She is a fiercely local cat, too. When everyone else in the house has gone to bed, she is always waiting for me at the door when I come home late.