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Cat from Chiba {Japan}

grandmother and cat
misao the big mama and fukumaru the cat

Enjoying life one day at a time: a grandma and her cat

Miyoko Ihara graduated from the Nippon Photography Institute in 2002. Around that time, she began photographing her grandmother, Misao, in order to document her life. One day, Misao found an odd-eyed kitten in the shed. She named the cat Fukumaru. Since then the two have been inseparable. "Partly because they are both hard of hearing, my grandmother and Fukumaru are always looking into each other's eyes. They're really close," Ihara says.

Miyoko Ihara grandmother and cat
odd-eyed cat
grandmother Misao and cat Fukumaru
grandmother Misao and cat

The photographs documenting their close bond were compiled into a book, Misao The Big Mama And Fukumaru The Cat. This touching and beautiful photo book captures them as they work in the fields, admire spring blossoms, or nap in the sun.

“When I see the way my grandmother is living her life, I really feel that she has a kind of strength that my generation simply can't match. She gets up with the sun and goes to bed when it sets. She loves her cat and the vegetables in her field like her own children," Ihara says. "If her vegetables come out well, she's happy. She doesn't have to worry about questions like 'What's the point of my work?' Her way of life fills me with admiration and a sort of envy.”

Miyoko Ihara photos
Fukumaru the cat
Miyoko Ihara grandmother
best-selling cat book in Japan
friendship cat grandmother
cat paw holding hand

Misao The Big Mama And Fukumaru The Cat is a bestselling book in Japan and a viral sensation in the united states.


  1. Beautiful cat photos. I had a cat just like him. Please see my cat photos too:

  2. Beautiful pictures, they share such a wonderful relationship.

    The Paw Relations

  3. Those sure do look like sweet, sweet kitties!

  4. I have seen this before, but always moves me to see their relationship! :)

  5. The cat itself is so unique, with the different-colored eyes; but the photos are exquisite. Miyoko Ihara must be an amazingly talented photographer.

  6. Wat een aparte mooie foto's uit japan en de kat heeft verschillende gekleurde ogen!
    Groetjes, RW & SK

  7. Fabulous images. Have a serene Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. Cool photos! Isn't this planet amazing!

  9. Such a cool relationship between them! And I think dual colored eyes are considered lucky (but I could be wrong).

  10. I LOVE this woman and her kitty. Such an amazing relationship.

  11. Wonderful pictures and so touching! Just amazing!

  12. i have seen these and just love that woman and her kitty!

  13. The photos are full of love. I like it!

  14. Incredible photos...tells such a wonderful story.

  15. This is so great... what a lovely series!! :D

    Kate x

  16. They seem to make a great team together! Loved this series =^.^=