Everyday is Caturday on Japan’s tiny Tashirojima Island
, aka Cat Island, so named because it’s overrun with cats. With hundreds of cats and just 100 humans, the people of Tashirojima are very protective of their feline friends. Originally, the cats were brought in to protect silkworms from rodents by the silk farmers between the 17th and 19th centuries. While those industries have relocated, the cats have flourished and are now something of a tourist attraction. There’s even a cat shrine, or Neko-jinja
, in their honour and dogs are practically forbidden. You can even stay in a cat-shaped cottage
. Bring cat treats with you before you get on the ferry because they’re not readily sold on the island.
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