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20 Adorable New Photos from Japan’s Cat Heaven Island

If you haven’t yet heard about Japan’s Cat Heaven Island, then let us introduce you.

Meet Tashirojima, a Japanese island nicknamed “Cat Heaven,” that sits in the Pacific Ocean off the Oshika Peninsula.

The island’s small fishing community numbers just 100 people, but its feline population is booming. Cats were originally brought in to help deter mice from destroying silkworm farms. But when this industry left, a good portion of Tashirojima’s human population did too, but the kitties didn’t. They stayed behind and multiplied, enjoying all the extra space.

Most of the cats are semi-feral, so they’ll happily accept both petting and food. Locals care for them as it’s believed the felines will bring good luck and prosperity to the community. According to the Daily Mail, fishermen also believe the cats can “help predict weather patterns.”

Photographer Fubirai has spent the last five years visiting the island and capturing the peaceful lives of Tashirojima’s friendly felines. Take a look at some of his recent shots below, and be sure to check out tons more on his blog right here.

Cat Heaven Island

Cat Heaven Island

Cat Heaven Island

Cat Heaven Island

Cat Heaven Island

Cat Heaven Island

Cat Heaven Island

Cat Heaven Island

Cat Heaven Island

Cat Heaven Island

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All images: Fubirai

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23 comments on “20 Adorable New Photos from Japan’s Cat Heaven Island”

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Sabina Emelianova
3 Years Ago

Kurt B :)


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Kurt B
28 Nov 2013

Awwww.....

Kurt B
28 Nov 2013

Seriously cute photos. Major serotonin overload.

Sabina Emelianova
28 Nov 2013

imagine the photoshoot we could have there....... heheheh

Kurt B
28 Nov 2013

I was thinking that.

Chelsea Rose Palazzolo
3 Years Ago

Brandon Day


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Brandon Day
27 Nov 2013

Yep it's pretty great!

Dominique Crystal Simone Evans
3 Years Ago

Taylor Cooper Kelli Cooper


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Rochelle Allen
3 Years Ago

Anyone else think we need to visit, my fellow cat ladies? Danielle Marie, Elizabeth Tait, Emily Pearson


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Kimberly Buzzell
3 Years Ago

Time for a TNR program.


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Sarah Coffey
3 Years Ago

David Davis


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David Davis
27 Nov 2013

Wow! Who knew! :)

Dive Abaco
3 Years Ago

Love cats, but request One Green Planet to also focus on another part of Japan that isn't so kind, Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians Page (official), Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, Save Japan Dolphins, Save the Blood Dolphins, Dolphin Massacre in Japan ~ Take Action, Save Misty the Dolphin, Captivity Kills- Don't Buy A Ticket, The Stolen Dolphins of Taiji, etc.


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Alyssa Zulueta
3 Years Ago

Vacation time!


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Samantha Cassol
3 Years Ago

Michael


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Jennifer Nelson
3 Years Ago

Linda Peters


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