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April 6, 2012 at 11:04 AMComments: 6 Faves: 3

Cat Island, It's a Real Place!

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the The Scratchpad Blog Series

Picture yourself on an island.

Feel the calm ocean breeze...

Savor the warm sand under your feet...

Watch the trees as they bow in the wind...

See all the cats roaming free all around you... wait. WHAT?

You must be on Japan's Tashiro Island - nicknamed "Cat Island" because of just how many cats populate the area.

Originally, cats were brought there and let to wander around freely keeping the rodent population down for the fisherman. They were a means to an end. Now though, they make the island what it is today. In fact, the cats out-populate the people! Only 100 people live on this island and most of them are around 60 years old. Lest you worry though,there are some people in their 30's now who are working to attract more people to live here through tourism.

Check out the sites! Tashiro seems pretty inviting. If you love cats and have the money and time to travel, you're visit here might seem like feline heaven!

Cats just hang out around the town.

Enjoy the feline-inspired architecture. 

 

It's a good place to be a cat! Islanders even have a shrine dedicated to their helpful companions.

What are your thoughts on Cat Island?

Would you visit someday?

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Sources:

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2011/03/tashirojima-cat-island-of-japan.html

http://www.tofugu.com/2010/11/09/cat-island-japan/

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6 Comments

  • That would be an awesome place to visit! I would totally go there! I can't imagine the amount of cats that would live free on the island, but it would feel like a cat wonderland. Count me in!

  • Imagine living there if you're allergic to cat hair!

  • or don't like the smell of cat pee!

  • My concerns would be the diseases and sickness the cats endure? I hope they take care of all these cats, as cute and nice as this sounds, visiting and seeing kittens and cats disease ridden is not my idea of a "vacation". Although the article doesn't mention if they are well-cared for, I am hoping they are. What about spaying and neutering or are the cats just left to overpopulate the island?

  • I would love to fly over that island with a laser pointer.

  • WIN :D --------------------------------------^

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