The teenage emperor of Japan wrote effusively about his new cat in the 9th century, and not much has changed since then

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. 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.

Emperor Uda, 17 years old, March 11, 889 CE

Author: Nick Wright

Cartoonist, writer, game maker and video creator. I make art and talk about Star Trek and old anime. Sexual anarchist and regular anarchist. • I made the webcomic Treading Ground and I'm currently working on a reboot • I co-created the web series That SciFi Guy and produce Trash Panda Vegan and The Idle State on Youtube • I work on VR, desktop and web games with Wacko Media and get to do some voices for them • Born in the 1900s • Leftist af, neurodivergent and queer friendly • Treading Ground (NSFW Webcomic) - • All My Links -

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