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.


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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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#1 Love

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Bobby Beebe 2 months 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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#2 Unison

Unison

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Stacy Lampron 2 months ago

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

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#3 One Love

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Bobby Beebe 2 months ago

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

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#4 Side By Side

Side By Side

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Bobby Beebe 2 months ago

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

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#5 Better Together

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Bobby Beebe 2 months ago

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

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#6 Stripe-y Afternoon

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Bobby Beebe 2 months ago

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

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#8 Me Time

Me Time

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Bobby Beebe 2 months ago

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

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#9 Kitty Fishing

Kitty Fishing

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Bobby Beebe 2 months 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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#10 Pen Fence, Paw Fence

Pen Fence, Paw Fence

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Bobby Beebe 2 months 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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