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Japan’s Cat Island Safe after Quake and Tsunami

Tashirojima, also known as “Cat Island” was believed  to have been devastated by the recent 9.0 earthquake and following  tsunami, but a recent report shows both the human and feline population  are safe.I’m sure you’re as happy as I am to finally hear some good news after  the disaster that recently struck Japan, but you’re probably wondering  why I’m posting such news on a blog that’s supposed to be about  oddities. You see, Tashirojima isn’t just some island off the coast of  Japan, it’s somewhat of a cat haven where the human inhabitants believe  their purring companions bring them luck and protection from harm. After  the recent events, and the population’s miraculous survival, many are  inclined to agree.Cats were apparently brought to Tashirojima Island a long time ago,  to eradicate the rodent population that prevented the successful  breeding of silk worms. The felines did their job, but they also began  gathering at fisherman inns and begging for scraps. Over time the people  of the island became so fond of cats that they started studying their  behavior and interpreting it as weather predictions and fish patterns.  They even built a small cat shrine in the middle of the island, which  has become a popular tourist attraction for cat lovers.

Japan’s Cat Island Safe after Quake and Tsunami

Tashirojima, also known as “Cat Island” was believed to have been devastated by the recent 9.0 earthquake and following tsunami, but a recent report shows both the human and feline population are safe.
I’m sure you’re as happy as I am to finally hear some good news after the disaster that recently struck Japan, but you’re probably wondering why I’m posting such news on a blog that’s supposed to be about oddities. You see, Tashirojima isn’t just some island off the coast of Japan, it’s somewhat of a cat haven where the human inhabitants believe their purring companions bring them luck and protection from harm. After the recent events, and the population’s miraculous survival, many are inclined to agree.
Cats were apparently brought to Tashirojima Island a long time ago, to eradicate the rodent population that prevented the successful breeding of silk worms. The felines did their job, but they also began gathering at fisherman inns and begging for scraps. Over time the people of the island became so fond of cats that they started studying their behavior and interpreting it as weather predictions and fish patterns. They even built a small cat shrine in the middle of the island, which has become a popular tourist attraction for cat lovers.

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  2. sillycurlyhairedman reblogged this from fingerpocket and added:
    Further proof that cats will always be smarter than humans. (File under: awwwww!)
  3. caringisforhumans said: You creepy cat lady…
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