TITLE: The Travelling Cat Chronicles
AUTHOR: Hiro Arikawa
TRANSLATOR: Philip Gabriel
"It's not the journey that counts, but who's at your side.
Nana, a cat, is devoted to Satoru, his owner. So when Satoru decides to go on a roadtrip one day to find him a new home, Nana is perplexed. They visit Satoru's old friends from his school days and early youth. His friends may have untidy emotional lives but they are all animal lovers, and they also wonder why Satoru is trying to give his beloved cat away. Until the day Nana suddenly understands a long-held secret about his much-loved owner, and his heart begins to break.
Narrated in turns by Nana and by his owner, this funny, uplifting, heartrending story of a cat is nothing if not profoundly human."
I cannot write a review that does this book justice without providing spoilers or sounding soppy or silly. It's a lovely, poignant book about relationships between people and animals (especially the cat) written from a cat's perspective and set in Japan.
A more detailed review can be found here: Portable Magic's Review
I believe this ended up a movie also.