In Japan, where I'm from, squirrels were kind of rare animals to see in my everyday life. Since I moved to Berkeley, California in 2011, I see them every day everywhere! I remember I was so thrilled to see such cute creatures running around in my neighborhood when I first saw them. They instantly became one of my favorite subjects as I ended up starting an Instagram account about squirrels in 2016.

As I have taken more photos of them, and got to know them, I realized that they are not only cute but also so funny. They have a lot of cute and funny facial expressions and behaviors.

Seeing them every day brings me so much happiness. I really feel like I understand them and that they understand me! People call me "the squirrel whisperer" :)

This is my first post on Instagram.