Japanese photographer Nyankichi Rojiupa love cats and especially loves photographing cats.
There are few places in this world as cat-friendly as Japan. Japan's infamous cat island has been making social media waves for years now, for a purr-fect example. What's really interesting is Japan's stray cat "problem." Problem is certainly a matter of perspective and our perception of problematic cat problems in other countries sure makes what's going on in Japan look like... well, not a problem.
The stray cats that roam Japan, including major bustling cities like Tokyo, are friendly to humans, sweet, and not malnourished.
But what's really getting us challenging our ideas of happy stray cats is Rojiupa's project, photographing a small herd of stray cats who have turned a street with drain pipe holes into their playground, literally. The fun images of the playful cats manage to send a resounding message that life can't get you down if you aim to make the best of it. Maybe we could all learn something from these frisky felines?
Can you imagine walking down the street and seeing furry, little faces like this just pop out of a hole in the ground? Sounds like a slice of heaven.
In an interview with Bored Panda, Rojiupa said:
I casually stumbled upon these strays and now spend all of my weekends with them. I’ve managed to earn their trust to the point where they allow me to play together.
Cats who pack a powerful purr-sonality are the best.
We call this "The Alice," because every time a cat does this it reminds us of Alice in Wonderland when Alice falls down the rabbit hole!
Rojiupa has spent so much time with the cats that they are fond of him, too, inclined to accept scritches, scratches, and fond head strokes. But Rojiupa's work hasn't come without criticism, as some people are concerned that his adorable photos will attract people, some of the nefarious sort who may be inclined to hurt the sweet strays. But Rojiupa bounces back, "the cats live on private, protected property."
A collective sigh of relief, indeed. The cats can spend their days safely engaging in PAWcore.
The floof here is amazing.
I'm purr-ty sure we know the cats are playful based on how often they love to stick their tongues out for the camera and each other!
Sometimes you have to suck in your belly-pouch to fit down the right hole.
Just a little blep here and a little blep there.
Cats don't care, though... so neither do we.
Kitties curiously peek through the holes in the ground, wondering who is waiting to playfully pounce nearby.
Play time is necessary for keeping one's spirits high.
There's a tail in your face!
Don't you just want to cuddle this kitty?
Sometimes you really have to wiggle yourself down the hole.
You know you're looking at this cat and know he's mischievous as heck.
Happy doom, but doom none the less.
Well now we know he just has the absolute best job, ever. EVER.
All cats, stray or not, love a good brush stroke.
A shot from behind, we dig it.
Second only to the classic, "meow."
This cat is loaded with sass.
You've got to be kitten me right meow.
The cats have everything they need. Food and water, cuddle parties, companionship, and a playground. They're living the good life.
Popping up from holes in mysterious places.
Cats that play together learn to share together.
Another shot of a very sweet face.
These cats are happier than most humans.
10/10 would cuddle.
Is there anything more precious than a cat's under chin? I think not.
This cat is going to pounce on another cat, guaranteed.
Of course if you ask me, all cat faces say this most of the time. I'm not a reliable cat face translator.
A gang of playful cats.
Living life to the fullest.
Revenge of the Frisky Feline.
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