Just off the coast of Japan there is an island called Aoshima, which is also known as “Cat Island.” The tiny fishing village is home to more than 120 cats, which roam around napping, playing, and snagging snacks from residents and tourists. They outnumber humans by over 6 to 1.
The island has become a bit of a tourist destination, though some of the residents don’t seem to mind, as long as it remains peaceful.
“If people coming to the island find the cats healing, then I think it’s a good thing,” 65-year-old fisherman Hidenori Kamimoto told Reuters last year. “I just hope that it’s done in a way that doesn’t become a burden on the people who live here.”
This is what life on Cat Island is like: