The Cat Book

November 1, 2019

Some time ago I had the most pleasant opportunity to work with Manami Okazaki, an author and journalist with a dozen super interesting books published under her belt. She was writing a book about cats at that time and commissioned me to do several photoshoots for the book, including a trip to Tashirojima and folk artisans.

And in 2019, that book is finally finished!

These two are among the photos I took for the project.

Aptly titled ‘Land of the Rising Cat’, the book richly illustrates the fascination the Japanese have with cats in the past, present and in the future as well. It tells the deep connection between people in Japan with their feline friends, from religion to pop culture — all bases covered. If you are curious about the book, please contact the author and buy it from her. She also maintains an Instagram handle devoted to Japanese folk cultures @japan.mingei.

This photo was taken on a station platform in Watari.

This project marked the first time I ever had my works published in the form of a book, and I am overjoyed with emotions when I see my own photos printed, among other stunning images from other contributors.

Since the book is successfully out of its cocoon now, I want to share some of the personal favorites that did not make the edit. And I will probably post more to my Instagram page @jerfareza!

Yawning cat in Tashirojima.
Local fisherman in Tashirojima conversing with the cats.
These cute cat-shaped crafts make the best gifts for your loved ones!
A resident cat in the ferry terminal to Tashirojima.

About the Author

Jerfareza Daviano

Jerfareza is a weekend freelance photographer based in Sendai, specializing in portrait photography, family & couple photography and travel photography among others. Should you wish to hire him you can do so by checking out his photo plan page.

He won grand prize in architecture category of Sendai Starlight Festival 2018 Photo Contest.

Visit his photo portfolio for articles about travel in Japan especially Tohoku area and photography related stuffs.