Japan’s Cat Island tweets a plea for cat food, gets so much they can barely store it all


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Cat caretaker asks for cat food on Twitter, gets way more than she bargained for!

Aoshima, also known as Cat Island, is probably Japan’s most famous tiny, remote island, thanks to all the media attention it’s gotten over the years. Of course, when your island has way, way, way more cats than humans, it’s hardly a surprise the Internet would fall in love with it!


But it’s still a remote island, approximately 13.5 kilometers (around 8.4 miles) away from Nagahama Bay, without much in the way of stores. There aren’t even any vending machines! All of this can present a problem when it comes to feeding the adorable felines. So, one caretaker, seeing that they were running low on supplies, decided to turn to Twitter for help.

The way this story turns out probably won’t surprise you, but we bet it will warm your heart!

“Please send cat food to Aoshima.
We are steadily running out of food.
Naoko Kamimoto
Aoshima Cat Protection Society
52 Aoshima, Nagahama-cho, Ozu-shi, Ehime Prefecture
In case you need our phone number, please contact us individually.”

“Please understand our current situation.
There are no stores to buy food here on Aoshima. There aren’t any vending machines either.
The people here acquire their necessities by taking a boat to the mainland.
However, it’s extremely windy in winter, and boat service is often suspended.”

“Today, I am heading to Aoshima.
Over 40 packages are to be delivered.
Thank you so very much, everyone, for sending us supplies.”

“Thank you for all the supplies.
We can’t get any more cat food in the storage area, so we put it in the waiting room.
With things the way they are now, we have enough food to last until the end of March, so please don’t send any more for now.
Thank you very much.”

“Please stop sending supplies (cat food) to Aoshima.
We got far more than we ever expected, and there’s no more storage room. We’ll be fine until April. Thank you all very much.
Wow, the cats of Aoshima are incredibly popular!”

Amazon Japan opens dedicated “Cat Store,” offers more than 26,000 items to pamper your feline with

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RocketNews 24 (by Scott Wilson):

Never before have there been so many things for your cat to ignore, all under one roof.

If you’re the lucky enough to have a feline friend friend of your own, then chances are you want to make them as happy as they make you.

Which is why Amazon Japan recently opened up the “Cat Store” section of their site, to help cat owners find the perfect presents for their pets—ones that, hopefully, won’t be ignored or abandoned quite so quickly.

The “Cat Store” consists of over 26,000 of the highest-rated cat-related items out there, broken down into categories and sorted by user ratings so that you can be sure you’re buying something that your cat might *gasp!* actually use.

▼ Along with cat food, collars, toys, and litter boxes, there are “cool bed tents,” “stylish cat goods,” cat towers, “fun toys/scratching posts,” and more, so that your cat can be the most pampered on the block.

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Here’s just a sample of some of the most amazing items we’ve found so far at Amazon Japan’s “Cat Store” so far:

▼ A Cat Scratch Turntable

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Unfortunately if you live outside of Japan, then you’re most likely going to have to pay a bit for international shipping from Amazon Japan’s “Cat Store.”

These $700 lifelike cat handbags are the latest fashion craze in Japan


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For the cat lovers in your life this Christmas: cat handbags… And no, they are not made from actual cats. The handbags made to realistically resemble cats by Japanese artist Pico are handmade from plastic, fake fur and spray paint, according to InStyle.

Getting one will cost you, however. The bags, which first gained the adoring attention of Twitter users, are only available through Yahoo Auctions Japan, where they can go for $700 or more.



The 11 Cat Islands of Japan

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In the never-ending debate as to whether cats or dogs are the superior animal, it’s pretty safe to say felines have the edge as far as tranquility is concerned. For example, an island full of stray dogs is likely to be visited by animal control, whereas an island covered in cats instead gets visited by tons of tourists.

This ability to live in general harmony with the human population means that Japan is filled with places that have earned the nicknameNekojima,” or “Cat Island.”Today, we take a whirlwind photo tour of 11 of them.


1. Enoshima, Kanagawa Prefecture
Closest station: Katase Enoshima

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For residents and visitors to Tokyo, the closest isle worthy of the Cat Island designation lies in Kanagawa Prefecture, the capital’s neighbor to the south. Enoshima, which can be walked onto from a bridge across the street from Katase Enoshima Station, is most famous for its shrine located inside a cave and the connected legend of a dragon that fell in love with a beautiful maiden. The area’s beaches also make it a popular summertime destination for surfers, sunbathers, and partiers.

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Stop by Enoshima on an offseason weekday afternoon, though and you’re likely to run into as many cats as people as you stroll up the path that winds to the top of the island.

2. Okishima, Shiga Prefecture
Nearest port: Horikiri

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Not every Nekojima is on the ocean, though, as Okishima is actually a floating island in the middle of Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater depository in Japan. With just 350 residents, the fishing community is small enough that bicycles are the main mode of transportation on the island, meaning its feline inhabitants to live without fear f being hit by a car.

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3. Sanagishima, Kagawa Prefecture
Nearest port: Tadotsu

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This is the one of several Cat Islands located in the Inland Sea, which is dotted with fishing settlements and blessed with a temperate climate. Sanagishima lies of the coast of Kagawa, Japan’s smallest prefecture which makes up the northeast corner of the island of Shikoku.

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4. Aoshima, Ehime Prefecture
Nearest port: Nagahama

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Moving west, we come to Ehime Prefecture, which is also a part of Shikoku. Aoshima might be the most sparsely populated of Japan’s Cat Islands, with just 15 permanent residents compared to several times as many felines.

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This is strictly a day-trip destination, though. The advanced age of most of the community’s members mean that on Aoshima you won’t be able to find a hotel to spend the night, a restaurant to have dinner in, or, shockingly for Japan, even a vending machine to buy a drink from (make sure to stock up on supplies before you get on the boat).


5. Muzukijima, Ehime Prefecture

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While many Cat Islands are home to fishing communities, Muzukijima instead is covered with citrus groves, keeping with Ehime’s popular image as growing the best oranges in Japan.

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6. Manabeshima, Okayama Prefecture
Closest port: Kasaoka

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31 kilometers (19 miles) off the coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu, Manabeshima’s isolation has helped preserve its natural beauty, which along with its warm climate has made the island a historically popular choice for film crews (and, yes, cats).

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7. Iwaishima, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Nearest port: Yanai

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Our last stop in the Inland Sea, visitors arrive at Iwaishima at the end of a stretch of island hopping that begins at the port in the historic town of Yanai.

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8. Aijima Fukuoka Prefecture
Nearest port: Kokura

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Moving to the country’s opposite coastline, we come to Aijima, on the Sea of Japan. Aijima is one of the easiest Cat Islands for busy travelers to get to, as the Shinkansen bullet train stops just a few minutes’ walk from where visitors can catch a boat at Kokura Port.

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9. Aishima, Fukuoka Prefecture
Nearest port: Shingu

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Also in Fukuoka, the name of vaguely heart-shaped Aishima is, sadly, not written with the same kanji character as ai, or “love.” Nonetheless, the island’s romantic geography does seem to be having an influence on its feline population, if these photos taken there are anything to go by.

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10. Genkaishima, Fukuoka Prefecture
Nearest port: Hakata

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Another easy to access Cat Island, Genkaishima can be reached from Hakata Port, which is located in Fukuoka City the prefectural capital and largest city in the region.

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Genkaishima was home to Japan’s largest island-based cat population until the community was hit hard by an earthquake in 2005, although its number of felines is now said to be on the rise once again.


11. Kadarashima, Saga Prefecture
Nearest port: Yobuko

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Finally, we come to Kadarashima. Legend holds that long ago, a dog earned the wrath of the deity of the Kadarashima’s Yasakajinja Shrine, and the species was driven from the island, which today is completely absent of canines.

With their bitter rivals gone, will the local cats be able to redirect their energies into unlocking their true mental, and, dare we say it, cultural potential? Could Kadarashima be the starting point of a new phase of feline evolution, where cats learn from, and begin to emulate, their human neighbors, such as the elderly gentleman pictured above?

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Cats as Sushi: A bizarre Japanese ad series

Cats as sushi: a bizarre Japanese ad series
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Sushi Cats (Neko-Sushi) by the Japan-based company Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts are a series of photographs of cute dressed up felines resting on top of sushi rice. According to the History of Sushi Cats video (seen below), the cats are a magical and historical creature that have been influencing humans since the beginning of time. Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts has released a mobile game app for iPhone and Android phones featuring the Sushi Cats.

They also have an online store that offers photo prints, postcards and more (only available in Japan).

Neko-Sushi is an extremely unusual life-form consisting of a cat on top of a portion of sushi rice.
Although several references have come down to us through history from various researchers and witnesses, their existence is still shrouded in mystery and actual sightings remain rare.

There are several academics who have devoted their lives to the study of these creatures. According to a number of these, Neko-Sushi make use of gaps in space to come to us from an alternate dimension. Beyond these “gaps” lies the world of the Neko-Sushi in which, it is recently understood, lies the true identity of the cats that dwell with us here in the human dimension.



“Pizza Cat”: A Japanese Pizza Hut parody seriesthat features cats as employees


Pizza Cat” is either a hilarious Japanese parody series or a brilliant ad campaign by Pizza Hut Web, in which cats take over the duties of the pizza chain’s employees. Each short video shows the somewhat enthusiastic felines during a normal workday, doing things such as waking up, putting on their uniforms, attending morning meetings, answering the phone, balancing the books, performing quality control, making deliveries, taking orders and of course, getting paid.


Marshmallow Shop Yawahada (Japan) creates cat-inspired marshmallows


How sweet is this? Imagine looking down at your cup of hot chocolate and seeing this! Nagano, Japan-based marshmallow shop Yawahada is the creator of CafeCat, an adorable package of floating marshmallow cats!

For 860 yen (that’s about $8 US dollars), you get two cats and four cat paw prints, two in chocolate and two in vanilla flavor. Not only are they cute, they’re supposedly delicious. The dissolving marshmallow cats can be put in hot soy milk, milk tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Despite the overwhelming demand, international orders are currently not being taken. The company states on their website that they’re working on a system right now. However, if you plan on visiting Japan sometime soon, you can buy these while you’re there. Just remember to place your order at least three weeks in advance.

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 Marshmallow Shop Yawahada (Japan) creates cat-inspired marshmallows

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Japanese photographer Seiji Mamiya takes beautiful sun-kissed photos of cats


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Cats undoubtedly rule the Internet, so no wonder that they have become inspirations for numerous photographers. Photographer Seiji Mamiya is one of them. Since 2011, he has been taking beautiful photos of cats like these and putting them on the Internet.

When a good eye for photography and a love of cats meet, the results are amazing! The photographer says that he wants to make people happy with his photos and he definitely delivers.

Seiji Mamiya was born in Tokyo, Japan. He has competed in and won numerous photo competitions. In 2014, he published a book featuring his beautiful feline photography.

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A Video Tour of Cat Cafes in Japan

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Sharla in Japan, a Canadian student finishing University in Japan, visited several cat cafes in Japan and created a cute and informative video tour. She visits Kyariko Cat Cafe, which sells drinks for visitors and snacks for its purebred cat inhabitants, and Ekoneko Cat Cafe, which takes in stray cats, nurses them back to health, and allows visitors to permanently adopt the cats.

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Nine places where cat lovers in Japan can step up their devotion to worship



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Japan loves its cats. When feline fans here aren’t going online to swap trivia about their favorite members of the animal kingdom, they’re playing with cute kitties between sips of coffee at one of the nation’s many cat cafes.

At times, it even seems like “love” doesn’t properly convey the depths of their emption, and that it would be more appropriate to say some people worship the creatures, which is exactly what you can do at these nine shrines and temples dedicated to cats.

With their cool demeanors and haughty stares, it’s not hard to imagine that cats see themselves as belonging to a higher plane of existence than we lowly humans. However, at times in history cats have shown the ability to perform important roles in Japanese society.

Long ago, sericulture, the production of silk, was an important industry in the town of Nagaoka, in present-day Niigata Prefecture. The town’s cats were credited with keeping harmful mice at bay during the process, and in thanks a statue of a nekomata, a mythical cat-like creature that appears in Japanese folktales, was placed in Nagaoka’s Nambujinja Shrine.

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Given Kyoto’s long history as a center of high culture and home for the aristocracy, Japan’s former capital was also home to silk producers, who like their counterparts in Nagaoka felt indebted to the cats which kept mice populations at levels that enabled their work to progress smoothly. At Konoshimajinja Shrine, found in Kyoto’s Kyotango City, visitors are greeted by a statue of cat with its hand placed protectively atop its clinging child.

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Cats have also helped out with a more blue-collar profession on the island of Tashirojima in Miyagi Prefecture. It is said that long ago fishermen could predict how big their upcoming catch would be by observing the behavior of the many cats they share the island with. Even, there are so many felines on Tashirojima that it’s also known as Cat Island and the local shrine is Nekojinja, literally Cat Shrine.

▼ The streets of Tashirojima

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Felines have even been involved in military service. Nekogamijinja (Cat God Shrine) gets its name from the set of cats employed by samurai general Shimazu Yoshihiro. Cats’ eyes are extremely sensitive to sunlight, which in turn endows them with superior night vision. As a result, the range of their pupils’ dilation is much greater than humans,’ and by looking at the size of a cat’s pupils, you can tell the time.

Shimazu’s military career straddled the 15th and 16th centuries, long before the invention of wristwatches. Still, he needed an accurate way of keeping time in order to coordinate his units’ tactics, and the general took a corps of seven cats to war with him. Only two survived to the end of his campaigns, and they were both subsequently deified at Nekogamijinja.

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Other cats are said to have fought directly in order to protect their owners. The shrine in Yamagata Prefecture known as Nekonomiya (Shrine of the Cat) honors a feline who is said to have saved its owner from a giant snake by driving off the dangerous reptile. Many visitors to Nekonomiya bring a picture of their cat after the animal has passed away, hanging it on the building’s exterior in memorial while praying for their pet’s happiness in the world beyond.

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Sometimes, though, the pet outlives the owner, such as in the story of Omatsu Daigongen Shrine in Tokushima Prefecture’s Anan City. Legend holds that after a local man was murdered, his cat took vengeance against his killers, though details are scarce on how exactly the feline conducted its investigation and meted out justice.

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Nonetheless, people in the area were moved deeply enough by the show of loyalty, enough so that the shrine’s ema (a wooden board on which worshippers write down their wishes in the hope that they will come true) feature an illustration of a cat. Omatsu Daigongen is also famous for its Sasuri Neko, a statue of a cat said to heal ailments of those who rub its body in the corresponding places.

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Visitors to Japan, or even Japanese restaurants abroad, have probably noticed the statue of a cat with an upraised paw displayed in many places of business. The statue, known as manekineko (beckoning cat), is said to invite prosperity into the home or workplace. Two shrines in Tokyo both claim to be the originators of the good luck charms, one of which is Imadojinja Shrine in Taito Ward. It is said that a an old woman found a discarded cat figurine near the shrine, and after picking it up, was blessed with good fortune for the rest of her days.

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On the other side of town in Setagaya Ward, Gotokuji Temple makes its own case for being the birthplace of manekineko. Ii Naotaka, a famous general during the 17th century, is said to have been passing by the shrine during a thunderstorm. Beckoned inside by a cat, he took refuge until the storm passed, and in gratitude the Ii family became the temple’s chief patrons.

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But while manekineko promise wealth and happiness, what about the times when you don’t want your cat to bring you something, but just want something to bring you your cat? Tokyo has a third cat-related place of worship in its Azusamitenjinja Shrine. Also known as the Cat Returning Shrine, visitors whose precious felines have gone missing come to ask for their safe return, and more than a few believers report that their prayers were answered and their kitties returned home, safe and sound, during their repeated visits to the shrine.

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So if you’re convinced of the existence of divine felines, you’ve got your pilgrimage route all mapped out.

Source: My Navi News

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Nine places where cat lovers in Japan can step up their devotion to worship