Chronicle of 87-Year-Old Grandmother and Her Beloved Cat


This is an enchanting story of a 87-year-old grandmother and her beloved cat. Get the tissues ready.

Misao Ihara, a 87-year-old resident of Chiba Prefecture in Japan, found a tiny odd-eyed kitten in the shed about 9 years ago. He was born to a stray cat from the farm. Many odd-eyed white cats are deaf, and this kitty didn’t escape that fate. When Misao found him, she named him Fukumaru “in hope that ‘God of fuku’ (good fortune) comes and everything will be smoothed like a ‘maru’ (circle).” (Asian Offbeat)

12 years ago, Misao’s granddaughter Miyoko Ihara, Japanese photographer, started to take photos of her grandmother as part of her project. After her grandfather passed away, Miyoko decided to dedicate a series of photographs of her grandmother to commemorate her life. Since Misao had never taken many photographs when she was young, she was happy to be her granddaughter’s model. In 2003, Miyoko started documenting the chronicle of her grandmother and her beloved cat.

Fast forward to today, Misao and Fukumaru have lived together for about 9 years. Due to old age, Misao is losing hearing and her best furry companion has never been able to hear, but they seem to understand each other just by looking into their eyes.

Despite being in her late 80s, Misao continues to work in the fields, planting and weeding under the open sky, and Fukumaru never leaves her sight. The two are inseparable. There is a strong bond and mutual love that connect them. They don’t have to say much and they are both hard of hearing, but they get each other right away as if they can read each others mind.

“We’ll never be apart!”, says Misao to Fukumaru. (Asian Offbeat) “Both of them live in a tiny world, with dignity, with mutual love. Still today, under the blue sky, Misao and Fukumaru work in the fields and in these natural surroundings, where they shine like the stars.”

Source: nippon.com, fotomen, Asian Offbeat. Photos by Miyoko Ihara

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74 Responses to “Chronicle of 87-Year-Old Grandmother and Her Beloved Cat”

  1. Cindy says:

    Awesome story. Beautiful pictures.

  2. James says:

    This is extremely beautiful and heartwarming :-)

  3. Melissa says:

    This is incredibly heartwarming and touching. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Sherry says:

    A wonderful story. They are quite a pair. Her cat loves her very much. She does NOT look her age. :-)

  5. Meg says:

    Thank you for the beauty and grace of this loving life story of these two wonderful friends!

  6. Shelly Lyon says:

    Such an example of mutual love and respect. Perfect.

  7. Mr B's Human Mama says:

    What an uplifting story – bless them both!

  8. Ruth says:

    I would buy prints of these pictures, lovely!

  9. Jessica says:

    I cried a little. Those pictures were so cute!! I liked the cat butt and her butt photo the best :)

  10. Maysoun says:

    just beautiful..

  11. Christine says:

    Such a beautiful story! How wonderful to find companionship with each other! :)

  12. Noelia says:

    Such a lovely history!

  13. vix says:

    Such a heart-warming and feel-good story – very best wishes to both of them!

  14. Christine Aspinall says:

    Beautiful story – and two beautiful ‘forever friends’. <3

  15. This is just beautiful. I’m so glad that there are photos, it makes me think we need to capture more of these moments. :)

  16. Elizabeth Craig says:

    What a lovely story! Those photos are so very touching, and the grandmother just looks so cute! This made my day.

  17. julecm1 says:

    Beautiful, lovely, inspiring, heart-warming.

  18. Jazzpjd says:

    granddaughter should make a book of this- it would sell.

  19. nolruck says:

    such a beautiful story…touching my heart
    and also made this worl more beautiful!…thanks for share

  20. Shinta says:

    Beautiful story…. ^^

  21. Lauren says:

    How beautiful! They truly love and understand each other. Cat and human, doing everything together, and in sync. :) And oh my goodness, that is the cutest cake I have ever seen! I would not want to eat it…

  22. marley says:

    Just gorgeous! I would love to see updates on them.

  23. Angelique says:

    I love this story and the pictures are so cute.

  24. Karen says:

    Such a wonderful story of these two beautifully suited companions…love it!

  25. Kay says:

    There IS a book of these photos, I’ve seen it :)

  26. nnua says:

    These are wonderful photos, I love them!!!

  27. CATkins says:

    A wonderful heart warming story. These photos made me laugh out loud and cry at the same time (the paw on hand photo set me off!) Thank You for sharing these photos with us Miyoko – your Grandmother is an amazing lady!

  28. Kimberly says:

    This is so sweet. Very touching

  29. pumbie says:

    What enhancing story, many more years for both!.

  30. Dorothy says:

    Beautiful story, beautiful photos.

  31. siew eng says:

    well-matched pair, as cute as can be. the grandma recycled her party hat for her two birthdays in a row! yeah, that cake looks as delightful as her cat. enchanting.

  32. Yuki says:

    Two beautiful souls and kitty is such a good company for grandma. Very touching pictures.

  33. Bianca Rey says:

    Great photos for a beautiful friendship

  34. Aida Said-McGwoan says:

    Beautiful story and beautiful pictures to go with it…. my favorite picture is the one of grandma’s hand and kitty’s paw together… love it!!!!

  35. della says:

    Wonderful idea by the granddaughter and a great way to spend time together. The pictures are wonderful.

  36. Hanna says:

    What a beautiful story :) .

    You can see their bond reflected in the pictures, what good friends!

  37. Frh says:

    Really touch my heart to see those pictures, they are so lovely! adorable, how they care each other so much. Thank for posting, i’m waiting more for the warm hearted pictures.

  38. Wei says:

    I can feel the love between grandmother & cat in every single picture.

  39. marley says:

    Such heartwarming pictures. I can see the love between them in every shot. Very moving.

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