Jiji is 94 years old and lives in Tokyo, Japan, with his wife and his granddaughter, photographer Akiko DuPont. A few years back, Jiji was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, after which he seemed to lose hope that he'd ever be himself again.
"I think when you learn that you have Alzheimer's, it is easy to start feeling scared, lonely, sad and lost," DuPont told The Dodo. "I saw that in him. He tried to hide it, but I could see it. He was still Jiji, a loving man. But he gradually began to make a wall between himself and other people."
That is, until he met Kinako.