Post 705: Tigger the cat dies at age 13 of heart disease.

Tigger was one of the first two or three Japanese video cats I fell in love with. A beautiful cat with light green eyes, he was a comedian, a good sport. tigger

I’ve attached a memorial video his owner posted. Though it is long, it is beautifully realized, a loving tribute to a beloved pet. Tigger was a lucky kitty to be cared for and loved so much!

RIP, Tigger. I loved you, too.

Post 634: Monaka the kitten learns to play

Japanese cat videos are a vice of mine, and the uploader of this video — Ametakan — is one of my favorites because she rescues cats and helps strays in a local park survive the vicissitudes of neglect and abandonment.

Was that cute or what!?

Post 402: My favorite Japanese cats

It is no secret. I like cats, and I am addicted to cat videos! Japanese cat videos, in particular.

Maru the cat is famously involved in boxes, and is a standard on the Japanese cat circuit.

Everyone’s probably seen one or more of this Scottish Fold cat’s droll videos. The one below is the Maru video, a classic everyone should see at least once!

That video spawned a parody:

Then there’s the shironekoshira cat videos. I think they are very Zen, sometimes a hoot, yet probably not for the person who thinks too much about what they are supposed to mean. They are what they are!

Lately, with the introduction of a box all the household cats really, really liked, the inner peace of this family of cats was disrupted…!

But I think my favorite is Kuri, the cat that came back from a serious neurological health crisis last fall that seemed to be his doom.

Now, he’s mostly recovered and back in good form, the same old sweet Kuri as before. His owner also posts beautiful videos of a local park where many feral cats survive by the goodness of people who feed them, sometimes give them a home.

In fact, Kuri was a stray that the lovely person behind these last two videos took into her home.

Shinji Kasahara, victim of the dreaded peace sign!

You learned elsewhere that I was a US Army Motion Picture Photographer in the early 1970s, stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

In that job, I travelled to many places in Europe to film NATO exercises, missile firings, joint German-American Volksfests, “hometowners” (short films of individual soldiers doing their army job, that got sent to a television station in or near their hometown), and miscellaneous “stuff”.

These films my teammates and I made we shipped to an army facility in Alabama to be processed, which sent a print to the Pentagon to be critiqued. The print of the films and the Pentagon critiques came back in a few weeks to the 69th Signal Co. (Photo), my home company, for us to view and learn where we did well or needed improvement. Arrival of the critique prints was a great lot of fun!

We had general rules of what not to show in our films. No one drinking alcohol (unless at a Volksfest!), chewing gum, or smoking. No horseplay. Nothing that reflected poorly on the US Army, such as out-of-uniform soldiers. (We were, in a sense, making propaganda films for the US Army, of course.) AND, the biggest bugaboo: NO ONE FLIPPING THE PEACE SIGN! This was the Vietnam War era.

Watching Shinji Kasahara’s latest video, a 29 minute visit to Seattle, with lots of his cats edited in (his main video output is wonderful cat videos), I had a flashback:

Scene from Shinji Kasahara's Seattle visit video: On the streets of Seattle.

Scene from Shinji Kasahara’s Seattle visit video: On the streets of Seattle.

Watch the woman coming up from behind!

"You cow! You just ruined the shot!"

“You cow! You just ruined the shot!”

I couldn’t believe the woman flashed the peace sign! In my army days, that snippet of action would ruin a scene, necessitating reshooting it or making sure the caption notes we enclosed with the undeveloped film included reference to the unplanned peace sign in scene such-and-such! Not to note the peace sign got a bad review. To cover for the peace sign meant extra time CYA-ing oneself in the paperwork so the Pentagon reviewers didn’t get the idea you purposefully staged the peace sign “incident”. LOL!

Over 40 years after my time as an army motion picture photographer, I still got a chill when the woman flipped the peace sign!

I’m sweating now thinking of it. I could use a few Japanese cat videos to relax. Hey! Shinji Kasahara makes great cat videos. He’s Japanese! Maybe you’d like a taste of them, too:

…or, for the more adventuresome with 29 minutes to spare, here’s the infamous Seattle peace sign video:

There! I feel cool and relaxed again thanks to Shinji Kasahara and his cats!


I love Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic music. They are a major part of my CD depository. (It’s huge! To call it a collection is insufficient to describe the size and scope of this thing, this passion, these racks and stacks that dominate the decor of my home!)

I spend a large amount of time on YouTube searching out music of the kind I like, reasonably enough.

Recently, I listened to this video posted on the “thebarroque channel”, brilliantly sung by Roberta Invernizzi, an aria from Franz Joseph Haydn’s opera “Il ritorno di Tobia“.

My initial reaction was enthusiatic, though a bit brutal. (I am “phainopepla95” as “weggieboy” was claimed before me for purposes of YouTubing. See “wedgie boy vs. weggieboy”, posted 07/29/09, below.)

phainopepla95 (2 weeks ago)
a bit screechy on high notes, but otherwise good!

thebarroque (2 weeks ago)
:O!!! No insults for Roberta Invernizzi in my channel!!!! :@

phainopepla95 (2 weeks ago)
sorry- perhaps it was my speakers…. (:{

Wow! I did check out my speakers, but I didn’t find anything remarkable or in need of repair.

The exchange between “thebarroque” and “phainopepla95” stuck in my mind, like a piece of glass embedded in my skin, but just beyond the reach of tweezers: to get the glass out, you’re going to have to dig, it’s going to hurt, and you will bleed!

Did Roberta Invernizzi actually screech on the high notes? What sense did the comment make when I gave the video five out of five stars? Was the reaction from “thebarroque” just some crazy hyper-fan’s response (been there, done that!), or had I committed an injustice to Roberta Invernizzi?

(Here’s a short video showing Roberta Invernizzi singing from A. Scarlatti’s oratorio “La Santissima Trinita”)

I had to find the video again and give it a proper re-listen. After two hours or more of music videos that day, aural fatigue might have set in….

I know you! After all of those Japanese cat videos, the horrid business about wedgies and weggies, now you want to hear me scream in pain while I dig out the sliver of glass. More importantly, you want to see me bleed!Bloody damn hell! You betcha!

So here goes:

Dear “thebarroque”,

Today I listened once again to Roberta Invernizzi sing “Anna, m’ascolta!” Not only did I make an unforgiveable mistake when I suggested she “screeched” on the high notes, I upset you. I’ve come to respect the quality of your channel, and your effort producing videos that are a step above the others for the virtuosity of the selected singers and the works they sing. I’m sorry I trivialized that effort, too!

I apologise, profoundly, deeply for my hasty remark about this brilliant singer, and note that not only have I removed the unjust remark, I’ve added one that more honorably characterizes her skill, and, perhaps better reflects my taste.

In harmony,
phainopepla95 aka weggieboy

p.s. So much did I enjoy Roberta Invernizzi’s singing, I posted this video on my blog to expose another audience to the joys of a truly brilliant singer!

Taste comes in many shades between good and bad. Two weeks ago, I erred on the side of “bad”.