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the first recorded mention of cats in Japan,

by the teenage emperor of the time, 9th century

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A clipping from an article. It reads:

On March 11, 889 CE, 17-year-old Emperor Uda wrote:

On the 6th Day of the 2nd Month of the First Year of the Kampo era. Taking a moment of my free time, I wish to express my joy of the cat. It arrived by boat as a gift to the late Emperor, received from the hands of Minamoto no Kuwashi.

The color of the fur is peerless. None could find the words to describe it, although one said it was reminiscent of the deepest ink. It has an air about it, similar to Kanno. It's length is 5 sun, and it's height 6 sun. I affixed a bow about it's neck, but it did not remain for long.

In rebellion, it narrows it's eyes and extends it's needles. It shows it's back.

When it lies down, it curls in a circle like a coin. You cannot see it's feet. It's as if it were circular Bi disk. When it stands, it's cry expresses profound loneliness, like a black dragon floating above the clouds.

By nature, it likes to stalk birds. It lowers it's head and works it's tail. It can extend it's spine to raise it's height by at least 2 sun. It's color allows it to disappear at night.

I am convinced it is superior to all other cats.

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@TPO100Cofficial Thanks for that caption! And thank you for sharing this gem, @SeanAloysiusOBrien!

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@SeanAloysiusOBrien

On March 11, 889 CE, 17-year-old Emperor Uda wrote:

"On the 6th Day of the 2nd Month of the First Year of the Kampo era. Taking a moment of my free time, I wish to express my joy of the cat. It arrived by boat as a gift to the late Emperor, received from the hands of Minamoto no Kuwashi.

The color of the fur is peerless. None could find the words to describe it, although one said it was reminiscent oif the deepest ink. It has an air about it, similar to Kanno. Its length is 5 sun, and its height is 6 sun. I affixed a bow about its neck, but it did not remain for long.

In rebellion, it narrows its eyes and extends its needles. It shows its back.

When it lies down, it curls in a circle like a coin. You cannot see its feet. It's as if it were circular Bi disk. When it stands, its cry expresses profound loneliness, like a black dragon floating above the clouds.

By nature, it likes to stalk birds. It lowers its head and works its tail. It can extend its spine to raise its height by at least 2 sun. Its color allows it to disappear at night. I am convinced it is superior to all other cats."

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@SeanAloysiusOBrien this passage was excellent touch-typing practice

@SeanAloysiusOBrien "my cat is the best cat it's this big and doesn't like ribbons" transcends space and time.

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