Ever heard of Alice in Wonderland? The classic fiction tells about Alice who was trapped in a magical world or Wonderland. In short, Alice was surprised and fascinated by the anomaly knick-knacks from another world which she was in. Exploring the totally unique place that contains something unexpected is no longer just a fairy tale. If you were to visit this place, you could experience that very thing, just like Alice.
“Welcome to Cat Island, where from all direction, your ears will be flooded with the sound of ……………………. ‘Meaow'”
Standing in the sea around the Miyagi prefecture in Japan, the island is ready to welcome anyone who comes to visit. You could just call this Wonderland, the Cat Island. The island is named Neko-Shima in Japanese (猫 島), which literally means the same, “Cat Island”.
You don’t need to be as intelligent as Einstein or as mighty as Gandalf the great wizard to be able to guess what the place is. From the name, it suggest the idea of an island that resembles a cat, or an island with a population of cats. You are right if you guess the latter.
Cat Island is an island inhabited by a cat in a number of very…….. many. So many, that they are scattered everywhere. In the the street, on the beach, in the harbor, and in every other places their little feet could reach. Maybe, when the cats are more civilized, you can also find them behind the school desk, ha.. ha.. ha.. Did I say that the total population of cats there exceeds the total human population? Okay, please do not ever think that the human population is reduced because they have been devoured by the cats. It’s definitely not a Cats Apocalypse. Oh.. man, you watch movies too much!! 😛 Well.. well.. Let me straighten things up.
The island once had been occupied with vast humans population until the 50s, then this place slowly began to be abandoned. However, from time to time the residents who leave the island were unstoppable. People prefer to live in a more advanced modern region in the mainland. The population that once had a figure of 1000 people, has now shrunk to around 100. The majority of them are the oldies, within the the average age of 70 years old.
Facing the the threats of death by the abandonment of humans, the island which bear the official name of Tashirojima were saved by a miracle. The miracle were lied in the figure of tailed, big-eyed, pointy eared, and fluffy creatures.
Where there is a sea, there is a fish. Where there is a fish, then there is a fishermen. The history of Tashirojima’s miracle started by the fishermen. Long ago the fishermen breed silk worms, which their ‘handiwork’ product is used to make fishing nets. However, they are often irritated by the presence of rodents – yes.. the greedy rats with the desire to fill their stomach with the farmed worms. In a danger of losing an important asset for their future, the fishermen brought cats to block those damned rats. It became a habit to this date, until the population of the cats flourished.
For you who love cats sincerely and honestly, you should add Neko-Shima aka Tashirojima aka Cat Island in the list of places you will visit before you die, this is MANDATORY!! Make sure you get the hospitality in this island by a simple trick: leave your dog at home. It is forbidden to bring dogs, as they are concerned with the peace of the cats, miaaow…..