The text from Emperor Uda’s ancient diary reads:
“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.”
The former Emperor enjoyed the cat for several days and then gave him to me. I have cared for him now for five years. Every morning, I give him milk gruel. It is not simply that I am impressed by the cat’s many talents; I have felt particularly keen to lavish the utmost care upon him; however insignificant such a creature may really be, because he was given to me by the former Emperor. I once said to the cat, ‘You possess the forces of yin and yang and have a body that is the way it should be.”
“This is how all cat owners sound,” tweeted one person.
“I affixed a bow to its neck, but it did not remain for long” owning a cat has never changed,” tweeted another.
“Cat owners literally haven’t changed in centuries, it seems,” tweeted one person.
“I am convinced my cat is superior to all other cats” Same,” said another person.