The same story goes on in Tashiro-jima Island. The islanders mainly live by raising silkworms. This inadvertently attracts mice and cats brought in to “deal with” them. Meanwhile, Genakaishima used to be the largest cat island in Japan. Even so, the 2005 earthquake severely damaged the island and the number of cats also decreased significantly.
Kadarashima Island can be considered as “cat’s paradise” because there is no dog. According to legend, a dog betrayed its owner. The gods at Yasakajinja Shrine “got into a rage” and banished all the dogs on the island. This inadvertently makes Kadarashima the ideal place for cats to live.
Today, the “cat inhabitants” of the islands are not merely the task of catching rats. They are an important factor to help attract tourists, providing a large economic source for the locality. The Tashiro-jima islanders also built their own shrine dedicated to cats to remember their merits.
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