Friday, November 9, 2012
88-year-old Misao Ihara and her 9-year-old cat Fukumaru have been inseparable since the blue and golden-eyed cat was born in a shed on her property in 2003. Misa's granddaughter, photographer Miyoko Ihara, began documenting her grandmother's life in pictures three years earlier, and realized she had two lives to document once the cat came along.
Miyoko tells Nippon.com: “Partly because they are both hard of hearing, my grandmother and Fukumaru are always looking into each other’s eyes. They’re really close. Fukumaru is so happy and contented at my grandmother’s side. When I take a picture of the two of them together it’s like I’m photographing myself as a little girl.”
Last year, Ihara released "Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat," a photography book that beautifully captures the deep spiritual bond between the pair. Even their everyday moments are infused with warmth and understanding, and thanks to these photographs, a love that will continue to live on for generations to come.
(Check out any the links below for more images from the series.)
Via Nippon.com / Buzzfeed / I Am Chubby Bunny! (Thanks to Mandie from Japan L.A. for the tip!)