Take care of your cat to take care of you

Touching something soft, like fur, releases stress. Fur is a rubber mat absorbing emotional electricity.

Doing something simple that makes a visible difference creates confidence. Every day you work on projects that may never come to fruition. When you brush a cat, you experience immediate success because the fur looks better.

Brushing a cat is a simple, repetitious activity that’s perfect for meditation.

As with Zen, you need to be alert, because cats have claws. If you don’t focus, they’ll wack you like a Zen master wacks a young monk.






Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat

Misu and Fukumaru

“Miyoko Ihara graduated from the Nippon Photography Institute in 2002. Around that time, she began photographing her grandmother, Misao, in order to document her life. One day, Iharas grandmother found an odd-eyed kitten in the shed. She named the cat Fukumaru, and since then the two have been inseparable. This touching and beautiful photo book captures the everyday life of elderly Misao and her steadfast feline companion, following them as together they work in the fields, admire spring blossoms, or nap in the sun. Both friends are hard of hearing, so it is endearing to witness the strength of their connection, enacted through sight and physical presence.”