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Tashiro Island, Ishinomaki

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Tashirojima is a small island in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. It lies in the Pacific Ocean off the Oshika Peninsula, to the west of Ajishima. It is an inhabited island, although the population is quite small (around 100 people, down from around 1000 people in the 1950s). It has become known as "Cat Island" due to the large stray cat population that thrives as a result of the local belief that feeding cats will bring wealth and good fortune. The cat population is now larger than the human population on the island. (A 2009 article in Sankei News says that there are no pet dogs and it is basically prohibited to bring dogs onto the island.)The island is divided into two villages/ports: Oodomari and Nitoda. Ajishima, a neighbouring island, used to belong to the town of Oshika, while Tashirojima was a part of the city of Ishinomaki. On April 1, 2005, Oshika merged with Ishinomaki, so now both islands are a part of Ishinomaki.Since 83% of the population is classified as elderly, the island's villages have been designated as a which means that with 50% or more of the population being over 65 years of age, the survival of the villages is threatened. The majority of the people who live on the island are involved either in fishing or hospitality.The island is also known as Manga Island, as Shotaro Ishinomori built manga-related buildings on the island, resembling a cat.HistoryTashiro Elementary School closed down in 1989 and was turned into an educational center. The educational center closed in 2008. Manga Island, a tourist facility, was built in 2000. A 6 km and 10 km race called Hyokkori Hyōtan Tashirojima Marathon was held in 2007.
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  • From ishinomaki 40 minutes by ferry and is about 50 minutes. 3.11 when serious damage is received, but from cat lovers across the country who donated a lot of money and it is. Positive cat is. So island into cat's this is riddled with (lol)
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  • Gulp, morning in fly faster, know its presence on the Internet with their children straight to ishinomaki. Going by train for and can't make it to AM 9: 00 ferry until the next flight available between the must and the night before. On to about 40 minutes. Not too drunk fortunately to Cat Island. Arrive at the wharf and immediately greeted the first island cat. Step further and from the following: cats are welcome. Is not in the cat. Truly inspiring. Could island itself is small, the number of cats is more than human and was exactly right. Overall a lot of black and white, black series cat, some very beautiful coat of fur lost cat children. We have to experience the extraordinary cats covered in about 5 hours until 14: 00 ferry. Frustrating daily also wanted to keep a cat condo for my house is not possible. You pick me up a helping hand to refugees such pet is Tashiro island. It is because it seems there are also in the country, but the nearest from Tokyo are also discovering. I think following overnight time Island bed and breakfast, you want to play with the cats.
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  • The island was a bit of a trek from Sendai and definitely needed research the night before as train and ferry times are few and far between. The cats were not in abundance as suggested by the YouTube ...  more »