With his pictures, Japanese photographer Masayuki Oki captures the individual personalities of the many otherwise anonymous stray cats that live in Tokyo's shitamachi area. His collection might be called busayan, which literally means "ugly cat", but the photographer has nothing but affection for his moggie muses.

“I want to travel the country photographing all of Japan’s lovely stray cats,” says the photographer. For now however he limits his setting to the shitamachi area of the capital, where he documents the streetwise cats as they fight, nap, and goof around for the camera. The photographer never reveals the exact location of his feline photoshoot, but if you want to keep up to date with his latest photographic exploits then you can add your name to the 48,000+ people who follow him on Instagram.

More info: Instagram (h/t: spoon&tomago)

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Sandra-Cheetah Taylor
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4 years ago

dont look at me!

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Lívia Rydzoňová
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4 years ago

:3 aww so beautiful :3

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Ana Laura Becker
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4 years ago

????

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Michelle Edenfield
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4 years ago

Dude, we have to get you a toothbrush...seriously.

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JF Babcock
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4 years ago

"Don't push..!" "Yah, don't push..!" "I'm just lookin..!" "I don't even know what we're doing..!" "They said there's a fish upfront..!"

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Lisa Fitchett
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4 years ago

"ah, I see what the problem is here. You have a can of tuna stuck in the thingamabob. It may take some time to fix."

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June Tarr
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4 years ago

Aaah, what a day!

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Banani Joshi
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4 years ago

Enough of napping....lets go get some sleep now .

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Banani Joshi
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4 years ago

Copy paste

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David Gallagher
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4 years ago

The famous Lemur-cat.

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Michelle Wong
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4 years ago

Just sunbathing.

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago

Love this picture... the kitty's snowy coat and the beautiful leaves...

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Intan Nadirah
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4 years ago

No one ever help me do the chores!

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Erzsébet Bükkös
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4 years ago

Let's bake some cutie pie!

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

Trying to stay interested and awake in meetings

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MJ Welman
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4 years ago

Barney Stinson! Up top, buddy.

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Nash Nopper
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4 years ago

Yogacat

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Sahin Parvin
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4 years ago

claw of the tiger!

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Lou Wow
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4 years ago

What's she looking at?

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Lisa Fitchett
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4 years ago

Is 15 and 16 the same cat? Looks like he's pretending to be dead or injured so he gets treats!

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Robert Bailey
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4 years ago

Pu

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago

jaws 5

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tsjah
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4 years ago

kung-fur

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Radosvet Aleksandrov
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4 years ago

Is that how you cat!?

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Ann-Kristin Amundsen
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4 years ago

Adorable!!! <3

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Banani Joshi
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4 years ago

The word "privacy "comes under p in the dictionary.go look it up

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Ivory Williams
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4 years ago

Peekaboo!

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

When you see your crush with someone else :(

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Yıldız Akel
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4 years ago

Mastering plates streching :)

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

I promise officer, the catnip isn't mine!

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

When you are mad at her, but she still wants to snuggle...

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gg61
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4 years ago

You are my sunshine

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Ivory Williams
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4 years ago

Ahhh, I hate you!

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

When you find that premium catnip

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dora sim
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4 years ago

For every solution, a cat will find a new and improved problem.

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Ann-Kristin Amundsen
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4 years ago

so cute!

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Marla Cundiff
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4 years ago

"KAAAAHHHHN!!!!"

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MJ Welman
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4 years ago

I need kitteh for my bunghole.

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

When your song comes on in the club....

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Pi
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4 years ago

"And AYYYYYYYYYYYYE ....will always, love yewooooow...."

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Ivory Williams
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4 years ago

I know I stashed it here...

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

Haaaaalp!!! I dont know how to change a flat!

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Karlis Karli ViLu
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4 years ago

about to do some hand stand push ups

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Ivory Williams
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4 years ago

***raspberry"*!!!

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Sharon Hahn
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4 years ago

This was a great place to nap!

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Nyki Lee-Barr
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4 years ago

Aaarrrgh! I just puts my back out!!!

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Crystal June
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4 years ago

Omg. I want them ALL!!!

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