Photos of the playful sleepy life on Japan's 'Cat Island,' where cats outnumber humans 6 to 1

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:

There are, however, over 120 cats, which outnumber humans by more than 6 to 1, according to Reuters.

Aoshima is a fishing village, so they inspect the nets.

Or sometimes try to steal human things.

But the primary activity for cats on Aoshima is taking naps.

Even in places that might look very uncomfortable.

When they aren't napping, the cats roam around the island.

Sometimes they stare off pensively into the distance.

'But really, what is the meaning of life?'

And when they're gone, they leave behind little footprints.

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