Japanese feline paradise
For many hundreds of years, humans have endowed cats with mystical qualities. Somewhere people loved them, somewhere they hated them, once they deified them, and once they were afraid, but they never remained indifferent to them.
Cat cults have survived for many centuries and have successfully survived to this day. One of them still exists in Japan, where it is believed that white cats are a symbol of integrity, black cats give protection from evil forces, and tricolors bring good luck.
15 kilometers from the coast in the Pacific Ocean is the tiny island of Tashiro. Its area is slightly more than 3 square meters. km The first settlers appeared there in the 17th century, and they were engaged in silk production and fishing. And ordinary mice prevented them from doing this. They spoiled silk threads and fabrics, ate silkworm caterpillars, nibbled fishing tackle, and ravaged food supplies. And then it was decided to get cats on the island.
Cats on the island were not just loved, they were adored! And once an accident occurred – when collecting stones for fishing nets, one of the large debris fell on a cat and killed it. It was decided to bury the unfortunate animal with all the honors in the center of the island, erecting a small temple in that place where residents, and later tourists, began to bring food, treats, figures and images of cats, as well as toys. If you ever get to the island – you will certainly be able to find it.
Over time, cats bred and multiplied, especially since it is forbidden to bring dogs to the island to this day. But the population of people, on the contrary, was declining. Now the island is constantly inhabited by no more than 70 people and more than 500 cats. In this Murziki there are still masters and deities. They can literally everything!
For such love and care, the cats paid off in full. In 2011, the tsunami hit the shores of Japan, the island of cats suffered the least. Locals say that people noticed the strange behavior of their favorites and went behind them inland. They also believe that each cat gave one of its nine lives to save the inhabitants. And, of course, restoration work on the island began with the cat temple in the center of the island, and one of the first requests of the victims was to bring more cat food.
Naturally, the fact that the island was rapidly declining did not suit the residents, and they decided to attract tourists, thereby giving the island a second chance. The owner of one of the two hotels on Tashiro created his blog, in which he began to publish the history and photos of the island and its inhabitants. In the small shop appeared all kinds of figurines and pictures with cats, CDs, souvenirs and postcards. On the island began to conduct photo contests and even cat shows.
An additional contribution was made by the emergence of the small village of manga, which was designed by the world famous mangak Setaro Isinomori. Now the island of cats is known in the world and as the island of manga.
All these measures have been successful – the island has become popular and visited, its economic situation has significantly strengthened. But another problem appeared – tourists were so zealous that many cats began to suffer from obesity! Now Tashiro’s visitors are asked not to feed its furry inhabitants. Here is such a lifetime paradise for Japanese cats!
And in Japan there is a rabbit island and a village of foxes, but these are topics for future publications!