Cat Island, Japan …More than 140 Cats!


One of the weirdest places on earth has to be the Japanese Cat Island. A short ferry ride from Japan’s east coast, Tashirojima has a population of one hundred humans and 140 cats…. which roam around napping, playing, and snagging snacks from residents and tourists. They outnumber humans. Originally the cats were encouraged since the island produced silk, and mice are a natural predator of silkworms. Local fishermen regarded them as good luck. The island even has a cat shrine, along with newly built cat shaped cabins for tourists to stay in. It goes without saying that there are no dogs allowed. And Guess what… it appears this is not the only cat island in Japan!


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