Aoshima Island: Japan's Cat Haven

by Dave on Mar 04 2015 |


Cats and Japan. Need I say more? Aoshima Island, nicknamed Nekojima (Cat Island) has a population of 22 humans and over 100 cats. This mile-long Island once had an infestation of mice along the docks, and cats were brought in to "play" with the intruders. Their victory has resulted in a cat population boom!

Per Reuters:

Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island. With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not complaining.

There are actually 10 more "cat islands" in Japan. Neko overload?