Nine years ago, Japanese photographer Miyoko Ihara began snapping pictures of the relationship between her grandmother and her odd-eyed white cat. Miyoko’s grandma Misao found the abandoned cat in a shed on her land and the pair have barely been apart since. Misao named the white cat “Fukumaru” in hope the “God of fuku (good fortune) comes and everything will be smoothed over like maru (circle)”. Fukumaru is always in Misao’s shadow whether she is farming her land, having a bath, eating or sleeping. Now nearly a decade later their friendship and adventures have been documented by Miyoko in a photo book called Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat.
Rangers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment move to an objective during a training exercise on Fort Knox, Ky., April 24, 2014. 3rd Battalion is undergoing annual training, to evaluate how their Soldiers perform during operational situations. Rangers are constantly training to maintain the highest level of tactical proficiency. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Gabriel Segura, 55th Signal Company)