Japanese photographer Miyoko Ihara
began taking pictures of her grandmother, Misao,
13 years ago to commemorate her rich life.
Along the way, the photographer came across a
beautiful bond between her now 88-year-old grandmother
and a cat named Fukumaru, whose given name
roughly translates as “good fortune circle.”
In her photo book titled Misao the Big Mama and
Fukumaru the Cat, Ihara captures the affectionate tale
of these two best friends doing everything together.
Looking through a selection of photos from the book,
one can see the genuine friendship and warmth
between the inseparable pair as they keep each other
company throughout their daily lives.
It was nine years ago that Misao first found Fukumaru
abandoned in a shed, described as an “odd-eyed kitten.”
While the cat had its own ailments and hearing
disabilities, the two have continued to grow old together, enjoying the beauty of everyday life against
the stunning backdrop of nature’s fields.
To see more heartwarming images of this adorable
grandmother and her precious cat,
Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat
can be purchased directly through
Little More Books.
"Under the sun, everyday is a good day,
Another good day”