A couple of weeks ago I saw these amazing photos of an old Japanese lady and her cat online. I then found the book and a bit more information about big mama Misao and her cat Fukumaru. The images document their life together, and are so touching and beautiful I was stunned. I wondered who has such amazing access, and it turns out that it was Misao’s granddaughter, a professional photographer. She really captured something special.
It is by far my favorite book of Japan images, and I’m a dog rather than a cat person!
It’s available from Amazon Japan here: みさおとふくまる
Out of stock on Amazon U.S., but may reappear: Miyoko Ihara: Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat (Japanese Edition)