I've been photographing my grandfather, Jiji, since I had no clue how to use a camera. One day, 94-year-old Jiji’s life was turned upside-down by Kinako the cat.

Since the War ended, for 64 years, Jiji commuted to his office, but in 2009 he was sent to the hospital. The doctor said he was sick. The once outgoing man gradually lost his interest in life and became grumpier than ever. It was around that time that I brought Kinako to live with us.

An extraordinary friendship gradually grew between the two. Who would have thought that a timid kitten would befriend a grumpy old man! The border between human and animal melts, just as shy Kinako melted Jiji's heart.

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Love

Love

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

This one is my fave I must admit. The emotion coming from this photo is strong, comforting and most importantly genuine. There is peace in this photo.

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Unison

Unison

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Stacy Lampron 2 years ago

Definitely the best one. Needs to be on a canvas!

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One Love

One Love

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

This is already giving me the feels... the warm and fuzzy kind.

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Side By Side

Side By Side

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

Wouldn't it be awesome if they both were dreaming about the same thing! Like a delicious fish...

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Better Together

Better Together

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

Beautiful and heart-warming, like literally heart-warming here.

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#6

Stripe-y Afternoon

Stripe-y Afternoon

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

Absolutely love the play of light and shadow here. Beautiful pic

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"I'll Be Watching You"

"I'll Be Watching You"

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pallavi bhat 2 years ago

Wow

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Me Time

Me Time

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

Seriously, cuteness overload, I consider myself a dog person but I may have to change!

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Kitty Fishing

Kitty Fishing

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

What a wonderful bond between man and beast. It is truly amazing how pets have such a profound effect on us and (hopefully) we to them.

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Pen Fence, Paw Fence

Pen Fence, Paw Fence

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

Love the glimpse into a foreign newspaper. I am so fascinated with character-based languages and their relationship to phonetics.

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#11

"Hey There"

"Hey There"

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Claudia Wunderlich 2 years ago

playtime đź’–

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#12

Kinako The Cat

Kinako The Cat

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Elina Kuusisto 2 years ago

Cat hands!

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#13

Every Night, Working Together

Every Night, Working Together

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

Hey, at 94 if I could be half as good as Jiji then it will be alright. Senior citizen goals...

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#14

Jiji The Grandpa

Jiji The Grandpa

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Kathleen Lumandas 2 years ago

I miss my two grandpas! Hi Lolo Jiji...

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Chilling

Chilling

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Hisseefit 2 years ago

Those are some serious blades on the scissors

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#16

"Off I Go. Me Time!"

"Off I Go. Me Time!"

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woodbehr 2 years ago

I did my job helping him get to sleep, time to explore.

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#17

Along With The Sun. Breakfast Together

Along With The Sun. Breakfast Together

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Jeannie Carle 2 years ago

This is a photo of content <3

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Itadakimasu: Jiji's Dinner

Itadakimasu: Jiji's Dinner

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

Wow! It's like a small glimpse into longevity! Go Jiji!!!

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#19

There Will Be Days Like This

There Will Be Days Like This

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Bobby Beebe 2 years ago

Beautiful post thank you for your art. It was touching, meaningful and told a beautiful story.

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Gochisosama: Was Kinako's Dinner

Gochisosama: Was Kinako's Dinner

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ionitunes 2 years ago

I found all these photos very touching. The photographer did a wonderful job of capturing the most meaningful moments of the relationship between man and cat. Well done.

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