Hamilton the Hipster Cat Visits Tashiro-jima

When I went through Navy OCS in Pensacola, there were two sand pits called the Rose Garden and the SUYA (sand up yer. . .) One irritating thing I noticed while doing pushups in the SUYA- there were also stray cats on base. And kitties take to sand like bloggers take to mocking Anthony Weiner. It’s a target rich environment. Which brings me to this:

Hamilton the Hipster Cat
Hamilton the Hipster Cat

While many cities are working to curb feral cat populations through spay-and-neuter programs, there’s one place where cat numbers continue to grow and the locals encourage it.

Tashiro-jima is a small island in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, that’s home to more catsthan people. Better known as “Cat Island,” it has about 100 permanent residents – most of whom are over 65 years of age – and hundreds and hundreds of cats.

During the 1800s, Tashiro-jima was popular with fisherman who would stay on the island overnight. The cats would follow them to the inns and beg for scraps, and over time, the fishermen developed a fondness for the cats and began interpreting their actions as predictions about weather and fish patterns.

They believed that feeding the cats would bring them wealth and fortune, a belief that continues today.

Don’t play in the sand on that island!

2 thoughts on “Hamilton the Hipster Cat Visits Tashiro-jima”

  1. It is so much easier to spot dog poop in the yard than cat poop in the sand. Dogs keep people away and cats keep mice away – gotta have ’em both. But I don’t get to have a sand volleyball court.

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