The Wikipedia article on kakigoori, for those unfamiliar with it.
In the form of a senryuu with a mora pattern of 5-6-5, the talking cat expresses his displeasure at being served kakigoori.
かき氷 こんな飯は こおりごり
konna meshi wa
Bowl of shaved ice
This as my dinner
korigori: fed up with it, had enough of it, want no more of it, etc;
koorigori: a pun on koori + korigori.)
“I’m not a swordsman after all. If I was gonna let myself get beaten by you thanks to obsessing over a katana, I shinobi calling myself a ninja… Oh man, was that a sick pun there or what?!”
(shinobinai means ”can’t stand it” and contains the word shinobi, another word for “ninja”.)2011-04-23
「うん？ いーちゃん、何かあったの？ ちょっとご機嫌斜めそうだよ。七十五度くらい」
“Hm? Did something happen, Ii-chan? It’s like your mood’s suddenly turned. About a hundred and fifty degrees”
(or: mood swing, same analogy)
The increase in angle from 75 degrees is because a “diagonal” mood is a bad mood in Japanese, but not in English. To express a change in English using an angle, we’d normally talk about doing “a 180″ (from good to bad). I chose a number here that seems as arbitrary as 75, but is still close enough to the standard idiom for it to make sense.2011-04-19
誕生日 よかれと思って プレゼント 弥勒菩薩は いらぬとスルー 校長
yokare to omotte
miroku bosatsu wa
iranu to suruu —Kouchou
This is a tanka poem (mora pattern 5-7-5-7-7).
In English, 3-5-3-5-5 seems appropriate.
I carefully chose
Unwanted, ignored —Principal
Landlady: “If there’s anything else you need, don’t hesitate to ask!”
“Really?! Well… in that case… maybe I could ask… for a little money…”
“How dare you take advantage of someone’s kindness like that. You ought to be red in the face.”
(Literal: “Don’t go becoming tengu just because I was a little kind to you.”
tengu: 1. a type of youkai with a red face and long nose;
2. a conceited or arrogant person.)