Feline Republic – tashirojima island

There is an island in Japan where the number of cats is tens of times exceeds the number of people. Animals brought here to catch mice, and they took power in their paws. Everything is possible for cats, people only exist beside.

Near the city of Sendai in northeast Japan is the tiny island of tashirojima.

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There are only 2 villages on this island: Odomari and Nitoda, and the population about 100 residents, most of whom are elderly. Maybe, gradually only cats will remain on Tashirojima.

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From 17 to 19 centuries, silkworms were bred on the island for silk production, cats were kept to protect silkworms from rodents and fed leftover fish.


Later, the inhabitants of the island began to actively engage in fishing, cats got a lot of fresh fish.

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Fishermen respected cats and believed that they could predict the weather.

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Once, while unraveling the nets, the fishermen hit a large rock, who killed one of the cats. Then the inhabitants buried her on this island and put a monument to her.

Since then, the love and respect for cats on this island has become tradition. And the island residents and tourists began to call more often as “Cat Island” или “Остров небесных кошек”.

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Now the island has a large population of homeless people cats that thrive as a result of local belief that feeding cats will bring wealth and good fortune, and therefore cats to Tashirojima considered as kings.

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Every year, thousands of tourists flock to this small island, to visit wild cats.

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For the safety of the feline residents of Tashirojima on the island now dogs are practically forbidden.

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Cottages for tourists in the form of cats are now built on the island, as well as cat temples.

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Animals are practically left to their own devices – we have such considered homeless. But the Japanese prefer to think that the island itself is home to cats. And this is true, because its inhabitants, believe that feeding cats provides them luck and wealth, therefore, animals are always healthy and well fed.

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