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Tashirojima Island, Japan

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Cats outnumber the human residents on Tashirojima Island, near Honshu Island in Japan. In the past, the islanders raised silkworms for silk, relying on stray cats to control the mouse population. The fishermen that followed would feed the cats that hung around the inns, and a kinship developed between the two species, aided by a local belief that looking after cats brings good luck and fortune. The island is now a popular tourist destination, complete with shrines to the feline population and architecture shaped like cats. —Emma Sloley

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Tashirojima Island, Japan

Cats outnumber the human residents on Tashirojima Island, near Honshu Island in Japan. In the past, the islanders raised silkworms for silk, relying on stray cats to control the mouse population. The fishermen that followed would feed the cats that hung around the inns, and a kinship developed between the two species, aided by a local belief that looking after cats brings good luck and fortune. The island is now a popular tourist destination, complete with shrines to the feline population and architecture shaped like cats. —Emma Sloley

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