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 giiven 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 though a selection of photos from the book one can see the genuine friendship and warmth between the inseparable pair asthey keep each other company in their daily lives. It was nine years ago when Misao first found Fukumaru abandoned behind the shed, described as an “odd-eyed kitten.” While the cat had its own ailments and hearing disabilities, the two had continued to grow old together, enjoying the beauty of every day life against the stunning backdrop of nature’s fields.

Miyako Ihara

Miyako Ihara was 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