Thursday, June 16, 2011

Come to Cat Island

Tashirojima, or “Cat Island”, in Japan:

A long long time ago on Tashirojima, mice were scarfing down the silkworms being raised to make silk, so the farmers brought in a few cats to scarf down the mice.  

Fishermen noticed they could predict weather by the cat's behaviour, and considered cats good luck!

The cat population is now larger than the human population (around 100 peeps).

The human residents have a special reverence for cats, which appears in their shrines...

...and architecture.

Why do they all have to be kittens?

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