Just outside the Japanese coast lies the small island Aoshima. 22 people live there, but the fishing village also houses lots of cats.
A few cats were originally brought to the island to take care of the mouse problems on the fishing boats. But they have since become more and more.
Aoshima is located 30 minutes by ferry from the mainland. The ferry only runs twice a day, and the ferry has often tourists, who want to see what the locals refer to as "Cat island."
On the island there are neither shops or hotels, so tourists only come for day trips.
- There are tons of cats here. It's pretty fun, so I'll come back, say 27 years old Makkiko Yamasaki.
It is perhaps not so strange that cats fascinates in a country that gave the world the cartoon character Hello Kitty. Cat Cafes have been popular in Tokyo for a long time, where owners can bring their cats.
Cats on Aoshima survive on food they get from tourists, and without any natural enemies on the island they will continue to grow in numbers. Only 34 tourists visits the island every day. That is the capacity of the ferry.
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