Tashirojima, or as it’s more commonly known (for obvious reasons), “Cat Island” is a small island in Ishinomaki, Japan. With only approximately 100 people living on the island and thousands of stray cats, it’s a cat-lovers dream come true. It is believed that the population of cats thrives due to a belief that feeding cats will bring good fortune. Dogs are even prohibited from the island! In the middle of the island lies a small cat shrine. The story behind this shrine lies with the fishermen of the island. They said that the cats would come and beg for fish, and they would often give into the cats and feed them. On one occasion, the fishermen were collecting rocks for their fixed nets and one fell, killing one of the cats. Feeling guilty and upset about the loss of the cat, they buried it and built a shrine.
“Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in souther Japan, February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in souther Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.”
a playlist for someone who i hope will realize someday how beautiful they are
multi-love - unknown mortal orchestra the only one - the black keys keep on lying - tame impala the chase - future islands i follow you - melody’s echo chamber derka blues - the growlers i think you’re really beautiful - starry cat pepsi/coke suicide - elvis depressedly no other heart - mac demarco sometimes - beach fossils i wanna be a witch - julia brown i don’t want to get over you - the magnetic fields ooo - karen o
The sound of the door slamming doesn’t quite echo, but it sounds enhanced somehow, like the emptiness of the place makes it louder. Nursey knows it’s a big space, but it looks huge without anything in it.
It’s a little scary, at first. It seemed a lot more manageable when it was staged and full of furniture. This, though, this is different. This big, empty house.
So I went!!!!!!! The famous cat island in the middle of nowhere! lol it really was…there are 11 cat islands in Japan and this is one of them.
Despite the long way there…the cat island in Japan was indeed an amazing and memorable trip! I will put up some pics later too.
If you have been to the bunny island too, don’t expect the cats to jump on you like the bunnies do. They are definitely colder and weirder hahaha. But it was very cute to see cats pop out of nowhere when I was walking on the island for 4ish hours. During this time there were only bamboo forests, abandoned empty houses and cats.