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One of the most elegant touches of classic Japanese architecture is the use of shoji, traditional sliding doors. Built on a wooden framework with translucent paper used instead of panes of glass, the resulting mix of natural materials and light is both refined and relaxing.

But while they look nice, shoji aren’t really the sturdiest portals to have in your home, since the paper can tear pretty easily, and even the frame can snap, if the doors aren’t handled carefully. Among the most common causes of shoji damage are clumsy drunks, careless kids, and indoor pets.

Not that this Japanese Twitter user’s cool cat is fessing up to the crime, though.

Just in case you’re having a hard time picturing shoji in your mind’s eye, here’s what a properly maintained set looks like.

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Pretty classy, right? So we imagine @nori_mono was pretty shocked to come home the other day and find his own shoji now looks like this.

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Aside from the frame being snapped in multiple places, the paper has been torn in a ragged pattern, which would make @nori_mono’s sharp-clawed pet cat, named Nori, a prime suspect. The exact location of the damage is even more damning evidence, since it’s too high to be just a case of a human accidentally putting his toes through the door, yet also far too low to have been caused by a human hand or elbow.

Figuring this was an open-and-shut case, @nori_mono decided to track down the feline culprit. But even though it would be unreasonable to expect a cat to truly understand that what it had done was wrong and show genuine remorse, we still don’t think @nori_mono expected his pet to look quite so pleased with its handiwork either.

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The flustered pet owner was left speechless at this display of self-satisfaction, but online commenters had the following to say.

“Yup, I sure did it.”
“Well, at least the cat’s happy.”
“And then he finishes with a doya-gao.”
“Uh oh, Nori, I think your owner’s on to you!”
“Bad Nori!”
“Cute Nori♡”

Those last two are both valid points, and we’re sort of unsure whether we should be smiling at Nori’s cuteness or grinding our teeth at his nonchalant destruction of his owner’s home. One emotion we are certain of, though, is thankfulness that we don’t have to repair that shoji.

Source: Hamster Sokuho
Top image: Twitter/@nori_mono (edited by RocketNews24)
Insert images: Fusama no Harikae, Twitter/@nori_mono