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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