Visiting Japan’s Cat Island

Visiting Japan’s Cat Island – 

Filmmaker Micah Moore from Beat Down Boogie follows up his recent video on Japan’s Rabbit Island with footage of his trip to Tashirojima, a small island in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan that has become known as “Cat Island” due to its hundreds of stray feline inhabitants.

“Humans are outnumbered by cats 6 to 1 on Tashirojima. The small island island survived a devastating tsunami in 2011. Superstitious people believe the numerous cats – which are considered lucky in Japan – protected Tashirojima from the tsunami.

Cats were originally brought to the island during the Edo Period to protect silk-worms – which were raised for the the textile industry – from mice. Now a modern campsite featuring adorable cat-shaped cabins is available for use during Summer months.”

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