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Aoshima – Incredible Japan’s Cat Island

Aoshima is an island located in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. There is a reason people called it a cat paradise. Over 120 cats live there. It’s more than people living there.

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Cats guard the marina and “welcomes” all arriving at Aoshima. They beg for food and pose for photos.

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In 1945, 900 people lived here, but the population began to decline.

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Today at 1 inhabitant there are 6 cats.

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Cats have been deliberately brought to the island to cacth mice damaging fishing nets. Over the time, the cat population slipped a little out of control.

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Cats on the dock waiting for the arriving tourists.

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The island can be reached by ferry. There are no hotels and large shops, many of the buildings are abandoned.

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The island attracts many tourists every year.

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A rare sight: only one cat.

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Ferry with tourists departs from Aoshima.

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