This Grandma And Her Cat Are The Cutest Best Friends Ever
Eighty-eight-year-old Misa found her odd-eyed kitty, Fukumaru, abandoned in a shed. Now the two are basically inseparable.
Thirteen years ago, photographer Miyoko Ihara began snapping pictures of the budding relationship between her now 88-year-old grandmother, Misa, and her odd-eyed kitten, Fukumaru. Since Misa found the cat abandoned in a shed, the pair have barely ever been apart. Their beautiful friendship is documented in a photo book, Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat.
My grandmother and her cat are always together. This is the photobook captured the everyday life of my grandmother, Misa who bends her self to the fields work with her cat Fukumaru. - - -
"Under the sun, everyday is a good day. Another good day, Fukumaru"
12 years ago, Miyoko Ihara has started to take photographs of her grandmother, Misa. Miyoko wanted to leave a living proof of her. One day, her grandmother found a odd-eyed kitten in the shed.
She named the cat "Fukumaru" in hope that "God of fuku(good fortune) comes and everything will be smoothed over like maru(circle)". Even thought she is 87 years old, she still go out into the fields everyday, and Fukumaru always accompany her. Green fields, blooming flowers and plump fruits ... in the colorful, diverse landscape, the life of an old lady and a cat is captured in the photographs. It has been 8 years since they first met. The grandmother whose hearing become weak and Fukumaru who has hearing disabilities are always looking into each other's eyes and feeling warmth each other. When the white cloud float across the blue sky, the grandmother and her cat go out in the filed today too.
This photobook is full of preciousness and beauty of the daily life.
Miyoko Ihara Born in 1981 in Chiba, Japan. Studied under Kenji Higuchi, after graduating Nippon Photography Institute, Press Photography Course in 2002. Following the women divers who are still actively working in her local town, Chiba. Received Encouraging Prize in 1st Younosuke Natori Photography Award, Excellent Performance Prize in Japan Documentary Photography Youth Contest, The Japan Society for Arts and History of Photography Encouraging Prize in Ueno Hikoma Award. The works are in the possession of Kiyosato Museum of Photography Arts. PSJ(The Photographic Society of Japan) member. Grandchild of Misao. http://whitemanekicat.p1.bindsite.jp/
Photograph : Miyoko Ihara
Specifications : 143 mm x 215 mm / 68 page Published : 2011 ISBN : 978-4-89815-319-2