Takin' a trip to Japan's kitty cat island: Aoshima, where cats outnumber humans six to one

Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture of southern Japan on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters


Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture of southern Japan on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters

Reuters today published a cool series of photographs taken at Aoshima, a Japanese 'Cat Island.'

Aoshima is one of about a dozen "cat islands" home to more feline residents than humans. On Aoshima there are over a hundred cats who take up residence in abandoned houses and nosh on leftover fish scraps in the tranquil fishing village. The cats outnumber humans six to one. Aoshima has seen a steep rise in tourist visits since becoming popular online, and visitors now outnumber the handful of permanent residents.

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Cats surround people as they get off a boat at the harbor on Aoshima Island, Japan, on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters


Cats surround people as they get off a boat at the harbor on Aoshima Island, Japan, on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters

The main part of the fishing village on Aoshima Island, photographed on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters


The main part of the fishing village on Aoshima Island, photographed on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters

A local woman shoos away cats as she leaves her house on Aoshima Island on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters


A local woman shoos away cats as she leaves her house on Aoshima Island on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters

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  1. Aoshima? Where have I heard that before? Oh, right.

  2. Aoshima translates to "Blue Island," so references to "Aoshima Island" are redundant. It is not an uncommon place name in Japan. The Aoshima "cat island" that the article talks about is located in Ehime prefecture, off the western coast of Shikoku.

  3. Needs Google CatView(tm)!

  4. When you're a cat, you're a cat all the way, from your first chunk of fish to your last dyin' day!

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