Have you ever met a cat that can climb a mountain? “The mountain cat” is the nickname of Mike, a little boy who and his owner stopped in 64 large and small mountains across Japan. From long trails to mountain peaks, Mike doesn’t seem to hesitate to move every day instead of lying in the sun. “Mountain Cat” Mike had special and meaningful paths in his life.
Mr. Okada – Mike’s owner, had an accident that made his limbs show signs of paralysis. So, he started climbing regularly to restore his health. Mike’s journey story begins when Mr. Okada discovers his cat quietly following him down the roads. Since then, Mike has been Mr. Okada’s companion, though it would probably be tiring with a cat. After 7 years of climbing, when Mr. Okada’s health gradually recovered, his companion Mike again contracted cancer. Mike’s owner thinks that this particular cat’s journey will end. However, even though he can move very slowly, this little boy has never left Mr. Okada’s climbing path. “When I opened the car door, Mike jumped inside as if asking me to take it with me. Mike still wanted to continue,” he said.