A Grandmother and Her Cat: A Tender Photo Essay


Mrs. Missao lives in a “tiny world, with dignity, and mutual love” for her constant cat companion, Fukumaru.

In a photo story by Miyoko Ihara, the photographer reveals an inner world between her grandmother and her white cat. Her grandmother, Mrs. Missao, is an 85-year-old farmer, and she and her kitty, Fukumaru, work every day together out in the fields under the blue sky.

The photos are lush and sensual, with golden tones of light permeating the images, conveying the warmth between Mrs. Missao and her kitty. They don’t have much besides each other, but that’s worth more than all the money in the world. Love like this is transcendental, and the photos communicate a sense of otherworldliness.

Fukumaru accompanies Mrs. Missao throughout her daily tasks, and there’s even a photo of the cat sitting next to his favorite person as she works — and he’s wearing a cone! Not even surgery can keep him from her side!

The two sleep next to each other, dine together, and make time to relax side by side.

The life of a cat may not be as long as 85 years, which makes their time with us all the more precious. So go ahead and take a moment to check out these photos, and think about the affection contained within. Do they make you think of a cat you know?

Via Asian Offbeat, Contact Editions, and Miyoko Ihara’s website

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