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Miyoko Ihara: A Grandma and Her Cat

By Joseph Cha on November 6th 2013

About 10 years ago, photographer Miyoko Ihara started photographing her grandmother Misao. One day Ihara’s grandmother found a stray kitten with 2 different colored eyes in the shed. Misao named the kitten Fukumaru hoping that “the god of fuku (good fortune) would come and everything will be smoothed over like maru (circle).” The Grandma and the cat have been inseparable ever since.

One of my favorite things about photography is the ability to document everyday things. One picture of Misao and Fukumaru would be adorable, but a set of photos tells a story of their relationship and how close the grandma and cat are. Miyoko Ihara has a photo book of her Grandma and Cat, and it would make the perfect coffee table book, or a great gift for someone who loves cats and heartwarming stories. Check out her book here.

[Rewind: National Cat Day!]

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Masao The Big Mama and Fukumaro the Cat

[Source: Demilked]

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I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

6 Comments

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  1. Debbie

    Wonderful photos of the Grandma & her special beloved cat ! Where can I order the book? Someone please let me know. Thanks Debbie

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    […] One of my favorite things about photography is the ability to document everyday things. One picture of Misao and Fukumaru would be adorable, but a set of photos tells a story of their relationship and how close the grandma and cat are. Check out the article and full set of photos here. […]

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  4. Gonzalo

    A touching story through some beautiful, intimate pictures!

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  5. JLT

    Thank you for these terrific pictures!

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  6. jonno

    I beautiful story! Very true about a sequence telling so much more than a single shot.

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