Terrible life choices

Tashiro-jima (or Tashirojima), 田代島, is a small island in Japan. It has become known as “Cat Island” due to the large stray cat population that thrives as a result of the local belief that feeding cats will bring wealth and good fortune. The cat population is now larger than the human population on the island.

There is a small cat shrine Neko-jinja (猫神社?) in the middle of the island, roughly situated between the two villages. In the past, the islanders raised silkworms for silk, and cats were kept in order to keep the mouse population down (because mice are a natural predator of silkworms). Fixed-net fishing was popular on the island after the Edo Period and fishermen from other areas would come and stay on the island overnight. The cats would go to the inns where the fishermen were staying and beg for scraps. Over time, the fishermen developed a fondness for the cats and would observe the cats closely, interpreting their actions as predictions of the weather and fish patterns. One day, when the fishermen were collecting rocks to use with the fixed-nets, a stray rock fell and killed one of the cats. The fishermen, feeling sorry for the loss of the cat, buried it and enshrined it at this location on the island.

There are at least ten cat shrines in Miyagi Prefecture. There are also 51 stone monuments in the shape of cats.

Source

This is paradise

  1. sindaamanda reblogged this from ssilcatt
  2. shikshin28 reblogged this from niuniente
  3. throwinsixes reblogged this from agnikais
  4. agnikais reblogged this from niuniente
  5. jacquelyna11 reblogged this from niuniente
  6. superrad-dragondad reblogged this from eienalgamer
  7. mermeidsandstuff reblogged this from skybelowsea
  8. kuu-s reblogged this from sarafujimura
  9. sarafujimura reblogged this from niuniente and added:
    Cat Island! I can’t decide between Cat Island and Rabbit Island. I may succumb to acute kawaii overload.
  10. abfababfab reblogged this from niuniente
  11. dipitintheleen reblogged this from niuniente and added:
    hmm
  12. vaivala reblogged this from yanagoya
  13. alex-wayne reblogged this from niuniente
  14. hippyfucker reblogged this from niuniente
  15. id-ek reblogged this from beeutifulbliss
  16. myownfuckinganchor reblogged this from shaheenn
  17. tiaraamandita reblogged this from life-itself-is-a-struggle
  18. life-itself-is-a-struggle reblogged this from lovechildfromthe90s and added:
    I wanna go here one day!!
  19. beeutifulbliss reblogged this from lovechildfromthe90s and added:
    I wanna go here. Heaven
  20. lovechildfromthe90s reblogged this from maleehaisconfused
  21. shaheenn reblogged this from maleehaisconfused
  22. maleehaisconfused reblogged this from niuniente
  23. uglypatch reblogged this from niuniente
  24. jam-and-rakish-accord reblogged this from niuniente and added:
    Welcome, to KITTY CAT ISLAND! * Jurassic Park Music*
  25. catzforcalvin reblogged this from niuniente
  26. karkatatron reblogged this from we-are-wreckers
  27. we-are-wreckers reblogged this from kawaii-kitten1337