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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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Tasting a lemon for the first time

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

*Stretch* Man... I'm so tired from that nap, guess I'll have to take another nap later

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Walking off the elevator after you farted

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Robyn Blanpied 2 years ago

do I have fish breath?

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JF Babcock 2 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 2 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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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

contemplating whether or not you really needed that 2nd piece of cake .. but regretting nothing

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Banani Joshi 2 years ago

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

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

That awkward moment when you wake up after a long night of drinking, and catch a glimpse of your reflection in the mirror

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# Sizzle Sisters 2 years ago

the road kill pose takes a lot of skill to master

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

When you spot that last slice of pizza

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

When you forgot to buy her flowers for your date, so you start grabbing whatever weeds you can find on the way to her house...

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Nikman Sahar 2 years ago

Cat melting

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Trying to stay interested and awake in meetings

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

The one time you know the answer, and the teacher doesn't call on you ...

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Shruti Naik 2 years ago

upward facing dog... err.. cat!

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

When she warned you she was into some freaky stuff, and you didn't believe her...

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# Sizzle Sisters 2 years ago

Day dreaming about fried chicken

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Forgetting how to cat

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# Sizzle Sisters 2 years ago

Did we have to wake up at six o'clock

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Emory Colborn 2 years ago

In Japan even street cats are ninjas.

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

We all have that one drunk friend....

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Ann-Kristin Amundsen 2 years ago

Adorable!!! <3

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Banani Joshi 2 years ago

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

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# Sizzle Sisters 2 years ago

It could be a great hiding place if he didn't scream all the time

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

When you see your crush with someone else :(

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Laura Foley 2 years ago

Downward facing do.... Cat!

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# Sizzle Sisters 2 years ago

Nooooooo!!

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

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

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Pamela Lollathin-Hanshaw 2 years ago

OMG! There's an invisible brick on my head!

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# Sizzle Sisters 2 years ago

Smells good

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dora sim 2 years ago

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

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Ann-Kristin Amundsen 2 years ago

so cute!

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Elvira Usagi 2 years ago

"Get that damn camera outta my face, you damn paparazzi"

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# Sizzle Sisters 2 years ago

Before you leave I want to tell you something smell my butt

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

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

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Awww this little baby is missing almost all its teeth :(

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Audrey 2 years ago

Cliffhanger

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

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

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Karlis Karli ViLu 2 years ago

about to do some hand stand push ups

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It's Caturday 2 years ago

Concentrating hard on the grooming

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Sharon Hahn 2 years ago

This was a great place to nap!

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Sharon Hahn 2 years ago

Enough walking; time for a nap!

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Crystal June 2 years ago

Omg. I want them ALL!!!

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