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, …

Akiko Koshinuma

Since childhood, Akiko Koshinuma feels close to the wild side of the cat. Cats in the countryside live in harmony with nature. They spend a lot of their time outdoors and they smell a mixture of soil and grass, stunning scent of nature. Akiko Koshinuma reminds us that the cat comfortably sleeping in the living room, lives in osmosis with nature, sometimes savage, sometimes civilized. Let’s not forget that behind the pet, there is the animal, the origin of everything. This certainty is even stronger at nightfall. The cat keeping watch in the tall grass holds in itself an enigmatic …

Tatsuya Ozawa

For Neko project Tatsuya Ozawa is a photographer of the night but not of any normal night. In his photography project proposed to Neko Project, the night is associated to temples and cats making pictures so mysterious. Cats can be sweet and cute, “kawaï” style during the day but what the cat is really at night in a temple? Let’s experience one night with Tatsuya Ozawa in a temple… Tatsuya Ozawa feels the night and its pure air, its quiet atmosphere. The pupils of the cat eyes are glowing in the dark. When he sees the cat coming to him, …

Kazuyo Terada

Kazuyo Terada offers for Neko Project to share her daily life with her cats. The cats bring warmth and love to the daily routine of life. They play, sleep and eat but without being a burden, mainly enlightening our life. A picture of the cat feet could be comparable to any top model beauty picture. The pictures attached show how the cats we may think sometimes as little demons can be sweet and adorable. The photographer wishes by this project to make the audience feel the same, get their heart warmer. kazuyoterada.com © Kazuyo Terada           …

Yutaka Takahashi

In his daily life Yutaka Takahashi is a firefighter and rescuer. In a certain way, looking at his photography presented in Neko Project provides a feeling of being safe and protected. Yutaka Takahashi succeeds to capture the vulnerability of life and the necessary truth to be aware of this fragility in life today. Even if the cats he photographs are stray cats, Yutaka Takahashi treats them, as they are part of his family. He tries to be more human than the average and save those cats by showing them love and feeding them. It is astonishing to experience then that …

Kenta Tsunori

In his series presented for the Neko Project, Kenta Tsunori takes us away from the city, away from the usual places of our dear felines. Kenta Tsunori always took care of the race horses at Funabashi hippodrome, and he lived in the stables, where his companions were actually cats. Mice, in large numbers, were attracted to the food given to horses. Of course mice attracted cats who came there to hunt them. When mice were eradicated, and as the racecourses regulars loved animals, the hunter cats remained. Those cats are now well treated and wheedled in Funabashi hippodrome. Kenta Tsunori …

Kota Sake

The cats in the photos of the Neko-Project book are Mon chan and Mama chan. As you can tell from the name Mama chan is Mon Chan’s mother. They were wild cats and Sake’s wife picked them up from a cat protection center, before getting married. For Kota Sake, those cats were the first cats to live with. Kota Sake explains: “For me it is super fresh to live with pets. We live in a traditional Japanese house with Tatami,shoji, Fusuma and so on. I have always been fascinating by cats walking around or sleeping in our house. Especially at …

Koichi Nishiyama

The flat where the photographer Koichi Nishiyama lives now is called “Danchi”, a complex of apartments, built during the period of high economic growth in Japan around the 60s and 70s. This place has almost the same age as the photographer. The average life span of Japanese houses is about 30 years. So, the Danchi can be said it’s quite old. Koichi Nishiyama can see three cats from his windows and he developed a close relationship with them over time. Each cat has its own personality. One of them has been living in “Danchi” for around 15 years and has …

Koichiro Kimura

The photography of Koichiro Kimura may seem close to the reality show but it is a much more authentique approach and close to the daily diary photography. Looking at his works already published – his son in the toilets or the parents bedroom- we enter the most intimate heart of the family and those images can fascinate or shock you according to your perception of what can be shown or not shown according to your own culture / education. For the Neko project, in Koichiro Kimura’s photography, it seems so obvious that the cat is the heart that beats for …