It might sound crazy, but Tashirojima island off the northern coast of Japan is home to so many cats that it is actually known by many as Cat island. Whilst the human population is only 100, it is thought that the cat population could be as high as 800.
The cats were originally introduced to the island to hunt mice, a natural predator to silkworms which the islands residents’ depended on for the product of silk. Local fisherman grew fond of them and now use the cats actions to predict weather and fishing patterns and there is now even a shrine to them. Due to its incredible number of stray cats Tashirojima has become popular with tourists, after all, if you love cats why wouldn’t you want to go here!
Photographer Christopher Michael Wong and filmmaker Landon Donoho visited recently and have put together a documentary about the stray cats and people living on the island. For now you can enjoy these adorable photos. Checkout the preview for the film below.