George Tsukamoto

George Tsukamoto remembers this quick encounter and tells us the story: I took this photo in Minatomachi, once I went there to photograph the sea and the boats. I was looking for beautiful places at the time of evening light, best for photos, when, suddenly, on the other side of the wall, a head of a cat emerged. Our eyes connected to each other. I was surprised on my side but he seemed astonished too, he had wide eyes and we were keeping watching each other. As he kept his eyes on me, I did not move. I aimed my …

Shuuhei Takeno

Shuuhei Takeno tells us his encounter on Ainoshima Ainoshima is a cat island about an hour from Hakata city. The cat, who was greeting me over there, was sunbathing and grooming. He didn’t run away even when I was pointing my camera towards the cat. I could feel almost the sadness of the cat who was staring at me as he was also taking a picture of me.    © Shuuhei Takeno   www.flickr.com/photos/124897435@N08 hanayoridango1916.wixsite.com/

Michiko Soeda

Michiko Soeda explains us how she comes to photograph cats… I like cats and for me who do not have children, I consider the cats who live with me as my own children. Then it’s to keep track of them, of the cuteness of “my own children” that I started photography. After a while I did not limit myself to my own cats, I went out to photograph straycats outside, in temples and shrines, in parks and cemeteries, in the shopping streets and on the roofs of dormitory towns, in the alleys of old neighborhoods and in vacant lots. Cats …

Nohagi Naka

Nohagi Naka chose to tell the beautiful story of Totsumi. Let’s listen! This cute cat I met in the mountains of Noto curled up against my camera and against me when I photographed her. When she was scratching her little head, I could hear the cat speaking into a “meow”. I learned a few minutes later that she was a survivor. The inhabitants of the neighborhood told me that this kitten had been abandoned a few days earlier. When I offered her the yoghurt I had, the cat ate it with all her strengths. Then she joined my house and …

Mai Ishida

Mai Ishida tells us about her personal experience of how she came to do this cat photography project: Masao, my well-behaved cat has been living with me since 2011. When I point the camera towards Masao, the cat poses in front of the camera, and when I’m depressed and lying in the sofa, the cat licks my face.Masao grew by my side and has always taken care of me.  When in 2014, I got sick, I had to rest for three months and stayed in bed.  Even though I did not feel well, I had to prepare for the cat …

Emi Shimamura

Emi Shimamura explains how she takes cat photography: The photos of cats I take are slightly different from the photos I usually take. Until now I have tried all kinds of ways to photograph but nowadays, I often take cats from the back. The reason is that most of the time I am alone with the cat and I have a particular intimacy with the subject of my photography, only the cat and I are looking at the same view, which brings me a modest joy, and by consequence it is joyful for the person who will see the photo. …

Shigenori Miki

Shigenori Miki’s cats are real portraits, made with great proximity. He creates a real relationship with his “models”, almost a dialogue. He doesn’t have a kawaii vision of the cat. They are cats in their environment taken in a calm and unromantic way. The photos are contrasting and have a great graphic strength. Shigenori says :”I love the expressiveness of the cats that live outside. I think that their environment of life is important as well. By taking pictures of cats in their surrounding I think I can convey more about the richness of their facial expressions. I might be …

Kentaro Araki

Why do I photograph cats? The photographer Kentaro Araki replies with a deep introspection: “This comes mainly from my father. My father was a veterinarian. And as my father’s office was on the ground floor of our house, I grew up seeing cats in all sorts of states and also through medical documentation such X rays. On day, my father became addicted to alcohol bringing financial difficulties and leading him to his own death. I was 15 years old and became psychologically fragile and even experienced being unable to go to high school for two years. And from that moment my way …

Mitsuko Watanabe

Mitsuko Watanabe made the choice to let her cat talk to you: “My name is Kuma. I am 10 years old. I was abandoned a while ago because I broke my leg. Now I have a family and I am perfectly well. I am greedy. My favorite dish is the nori and fugu sashimi. Of course, I usually eat cat food good for my health. What I hate most is staying alone at home… Mom goes out all the time … What I like is listening to music. Mom knows how to play harpsichord and cello. When she plays well, …

Mika Horie

Mika Horie is the Japanese photographer famous for her photography on handmade paper. She goes to the mountain to find the right plant and takes the time in her studio to make the paper. In her participation to Neko Project, Mika Horie offers us a unique perceptive on the sensibility and subtle sense of humor of the cats. Mika Horie writes: “Everything here constantly and momentarily flows to the past. Layers of the past are continuously created day by day. Layers of the past. Point of time. The intangible future. Time never stops and flows naturally. Indigo symbolizes the earth, …