Friday, January 18, 2013
Misa & Fukumaru - the preciousness & beauty of the daily life.
Photographs : Miyoko Ihara
"My grandmother and her cat are always together.
This is the photobook captured the everyday life of my grandmother, Misao who bends her self to the fields work with her cat Fukumaru.
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"Under the sun, everyday is a good day. Another good day, Fukumaru"
12 years ago, Miyoko Ihara has started to take photographs of her grandmother, Misao. Miyoko wanted to leave a living proof of her.
One day, her grandmother found a odd-eyed kitten in the shed.
She named the cat "Fukumaru" in hope that "God of fuku(good fortune) comes and everything will be smoothed over like maru(circle)".
Even thought she is 87 years old, she still go out into the fields everyday, and Fukumaru always accompany her.
Green fields, blooming flowers and plump fruits ... in the colorful, diverse landscape, the life of an old lady and a cat is captured in the photographs.
It has been 8 years since they first met.
The grandmother whose hearing become weak and Fukumaru who has hearing disabilities are always looking into each other's eyes and feeling warmth each other.
When the white cloud float across the blue sky, the grandmother and her cat go out in the filed today too.
This photobook is full of preciousness and beauty of the daily life." Miyoko Ihara - Born in 1981 in Chiba, Japan
Dear children! With joy, also today I call you to open your hearts and to listen to my call. Anew, I desire to draw you closer to my Immaculate Heart, where you will find refuge and peace. Open yourselves to prayer, until it becomes a joy for you. Through prayer, the Most High will give you an abundance of grace and you will become my extended hands in this restless world which longs for peace. Little children, with your lives witness faith and pray that faith may grow day by day in your hearts. I am with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, January 25, 2012