Kitteh contest: Zen cat

This entry came from reader Yokohamamama, whose eponymous blog I’ve mentioned before.  If you’re interested in things Japanese, including kittehs, birds, plants, and food, have a look (and check out her 11 favorite songs).  The cat is not hers, but who cares?

This kitteh is in fact a neighbor’s kitteh and not my own (my kitteh, Clio, is in Arizona taking care of my mom since her liver transplant).  I don’t know his name, and he doesn’t allow me to get close to him, but we have a nodding acquaintance.  I see him nearly every day when I put the futons out to air.  He’s usually draped across the roof of another neighbor’s silver sports car, languidly sunning himself in luxurious tranquility.  On this particular day, as I was returning from a morning walk, I looked up and was surprised to see him perched on the roof—hardly a comfortable posture.  I watched for several minutes, but he never moved or blinked.  I could only assume, given his expression, that he had repented of his luxurious lifestyle and was doing his early morning Zazen on the ridgepole as penance for his sins.   Caption:  “I can haz Buddah Nacherz”


  1. Dominic
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Puddy Tat in search of adventure!

    Best wishes for your ma Yokohamama.

  2. daveau
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    I am king of this house and all I survey.

    Hope your mother is doing well.

  3. Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Thanks very much–mom is doing well since Clio (my real cat) gets her up, puts her to bed, and a month ago let my parents know that the guest toilet had sprung a leak. It’s a load off my mind knowing she’s there looking after them 😉

    Zen Kitteh I haven’t seen recently–and he used to hang out on my neighbor’s car *all* the time! He must be serious about giving up his worldly ways–Namu Amida Kitteh!

    • Dominic
      Posted January 26, 2011 at 7:34 am | Permalink

      Perhaps the car has to have been warmed up by the sun? I wouldn’t want to lie on a car in January in the northern hemisphere!

      • Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

        True–this time of year, he’s probably curled up under the kotatsu… (“neko was kotatsu de, maruku naru!”)

    • Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:29 am | Permalink

      Just to make sure I’ve got the scorecard right…Clio is yokohamamama’s proxy mama to yokohamamamamama, ya?



      • daveau
        Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink


      • Dominic
        Posted January 26, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

        He’s firing on all cylinders today!

      • Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

        bwahahaha!! Yes! definitely telling my mom that–she’ll get a kick out of it :-))

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

      Clio– an a-muse-ing name…

  4. Posted January 26, 2011 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Clearly Zen Kitteh is a very powerful cat — just look at all the heavy-duty electrical lines going into or out of him. He must be powering the entire neighborhood!



    • Posted January 26, 2011 at 6:25 am | Permalink

      (*collapsing in snickers*)

      Oh, Mr. Goren–I wait for your comments here :-)) They’re either informative…or just plain hilarious!

      • Hempenstein
        Posted January 26, 2011 at 6:56 am | Permalink

        Hmm, a feline gargoyle. The roof detail suggests that the house may be ~100y/o. Is that about right, or are such things found on newer structures too?

        • Sigmund
          Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:34 am | Permalink

          My in-laws house in Japan has very similar tiles and it is only ten years old. I think it’s rather common to build new houses with this style of ‘old’ looking roof. That said, new houses are not that common in Japan – most new dwellings seem to be medium rise apartment blocks.

      • Posted January 26, 2011 at 7:40 am | Permalink

        Thanks — I try. Usually. Sometimes….

        Anyway, I took the liberty of doing a bit of post-production on your photo. I think the following is probably a bit closer to what you saw that morning.



        • whyevolutionistrue
          Posted January 26, 2011 at 7:45 am | Permalink

          I don’t see any difference! What is it?

          • Posted January 26, 2011 at 7:49 am | Permalink

            Mostly, I took away the color cast. I also tried to bring out a bit more of the shadow details, that sort of thing.



            • daveau
              Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:32 am | Permalink

              Thought it was electrodes or something. But you were serious. For once.

              • Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:48 am | Permalink

                Hey, some of us do have reputations to destroy….


        • Posted January 26, 2011 at 7:49 am | Permalink

          Oh! Very nice–I use my video camera for photos. Maybe someday I’ll have a real camera…

  5. Posted January 26, 2011 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    I’ve seen roofs like that on newish houses–although, now that you mention it, I’m not sure how old that one is. Not a hundred years old I don’t think–there really aren’t that many old structures around. People tend to tear down and rebuild on the same plot. I like the roof of that house–it’s the only one on that street with that detail. Zen Kitteh *does* look a bit gargoyl-ish behind it. Koma-neko! 😉

  6. Sili
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Add one more closeup and you can do a TENSO.

    • Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

      Oooh–never thought of that! But I iz computer dingbat….(insert fluttering bat emoticon here). Mr. Goren could manipulate, though, I’m sure!

  7. Robert Estrada
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Gargoyle? Hah! It is most likely your local New World Order Overlord, or his Minion! My Kitteh joined them this weekend and has been demonstrating attempts to dominate. He actually is expecting canned food for every meal!!! (well actually he always has) It is amazing the difference those microchip implants make! He has aken over my old down parka for his bed! What will he do next? Help!!

%d bloggers like this: