Japan has 11 cat islands that attract a large number of tourists. The origins of these four-legged residents are still a mystery to many first-time visitors.
Japan is a country known for its love of animals, especially cats. For the people of cherry land, cats have a special place in folklore. They even worship the cat god of fortune (Maneki Neko) for saving the lives of two samurai, and bringing luck and wealth to the people. Coming to Japan, visitors can clearly feel the love for cats of the locals in the Neko-Shima, also known as “cat island”.
In Japan, you can find 11 cat islands such as Okishima, Aoshima, Aijima, Aishima … In some islands, the ratio of cats and people is quite different, especially Aoshima. The population here is only about 13 people but there are more than 150 cats, reaching a ratio of 10: 1. However, others are quite balanced, such as Tashiro-jima with 1: 1 ratio (100 people, 100 cats).
The question of where did these wild cats come from has made many visitors curious. According to The Face Sites, each island has its own story. Most of it comes from the problem of infestation. However, some places have their own legends about these feral cats.
The “cat inhabitants” of Aoshima began to appear on the island in the 1900s. At that time, fishermen were often bitten by rats on the boat. They have to use cats as the simplest, most economical solution. Over time, the first rat-killing cats left behind their present crowded offspring.
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