Misao & Fukumaru.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I don't think I can adequately convey the happiness that these images - by Japanese photographer Miyoko Ihara - bring me, so I'll let them speak for themselves. Miyoko's been documenting the day-to-day adventures of her 87-year-old grandmother, Misao, and her "odd-eyed" cat, Fukumaru, for close to a decade now, and the photographs have recently been compiled in a book. Below, a few stand-outs.


See more at Miyoko Ihara's website, here. Thanks to Cute Overload for the introduction.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

21 comments:

Sage said...

oh my goodness, i'm with you they are out of this world wonderful!!! i love them!!! makes me wish i had some photos of my cat gardening with me :)
xo

Suzanna said...

This is really great. So special, and really elevates the value of an elderly life more than Americans seem to usually do.

Kathy said...

This is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this. I love seeing the connection between people and animals :) Fukumaru reminds me of Hajime, the chow husky I grew up with, who was also odd-eyed.

Rachel @ Existation said...

Ohhh my goodness, this is adorable. Animals and old people? Cute overload, indeed.

aliceinbo said...



This images are really true and full of beauty. Thanks for posting it!

Kerri Lynne said...

Love these. The last one is too cute! And wow... those eyes are striking.

angela said...

Such sweet pictures, the cat is obv her best friend. Thanks for sharing!

ever ours said...

so so sweet!

Hannah Brandt said...

I love the one where she's eating a watermelon. What great photos!

wmbg. said...

the watermelon one is precious. haa.. great find, as always sho.

Shoko said...

Kathy, I love the term "odd-eyed"!

Jo N said...

so cute! They seem to have a great bond too.

Sam | ashore said...

this really tugs at my heart strings! All we really need in life is one great companion.

Chuzai Living said...

I like the one of Misao eating a piece of watermelon and the cat looking at her. That's cool that her photos will be published. Accomplishment.

Latrina said...

Oh my gosh! This warms my heart so much... how precious are those two together. I have such a soft spot for the elderly and whenever I think of them someday being alone... it really saddens me. But I can't imagine how thankful she must be to have that cat as her companion. That's pretty special.

Thank you for sharing this with us. :)

sherry said...

Oh, this is killing me,especially the last three. I know exactly what you mean by not knowing how to describe the feeling seeing these pictures. Best companion ansd mother earth, that's what you needs. Period.
Thanks for this post.

Misty Alessi said...

These make me so so happy. I need to hang that watermelon one in my living room. Thanks!!

Pink Ronnie said...

How truly unique and heartwarming!
Thanks for sharing as always, Shoko. Hope your weekend has been great.
Ronnie xo

fromtheloftabove said...

wow these are amazing photos, i love the odd eyed cat! i think asian elderly people are so fascinating, they continue working well after retirement age and can't sit still. my two grandmothers are quite elderly and they're so hardworking still, i really admire that generation!

Akiko said...

Wow, The photos are amazing and such a wonderful idea to capture her grandmother (and a cat!). It makes me wonder if I could do it too. The photos has so much character and can't stop seeing them! xo akiko
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tytty said...

So much joy when your pet becomes family. I like the picture with the cat birthday cake!

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