Japan Seems to Have a Monopoly on Cat Islands
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We heard you Internet people like cats.
Well it seems prudent at this time to inform you that there is an island that seems governed by the feline beasts that so dominate our popular culture.
NBC News highlights a most strange island that is home to 22 humans and over 120 cats. Perhaps you could say the island actually belongs to the cats, which outnumber bipedal citizens by a large number.
The report explains, “Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen's boats, the cats stayed on — and multiplied. More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn't join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War Two.”
It’s like a dream envisioned by that strange cat lady that lives down the block come to life. If you don’t believe us, check out this video from BBC News:
According to the report, the town’s population once reached 900 residents in 1945. While that as dwindled drastically, there is a daily influx of cat enthusiasts: “The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island.”
The strange part, aside from the army of cats, is tourists come here despite, as the report states, a town devoid of various accommodations crucial to tourism.
You won’t find restaurants or even a place to get snacks, but you will get your day’s worth of feral cat fun.
Thankfully, you don’t have to place all your feline frivolity in one basket. QZ.com’s Gwynn Guilford points to a report on Rocket News 24 that states there are at least 10 other “cat islands” lurking around Japan.
That report gives a full list of the locations, so you will have your itinerary absolutely filled. Just wake us when you find dog town.
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