Aoshima Island is one of the most famous “cat islands” in Japan (yes, there is more than one. Actually, about a dozen).
In this place, there are more feline residents than people (the ratio is about six to one). In Aoshima, there are more than a hundred cats living around this 1 mile (1.6 km) long island.
It’s located in Ehime Prefecture and is accessible via a one-way boat from Port Nagahama, which takes around 30 minutes.
Here’s a gallery of amazing images, which take you directly to Aoshima, the Japanese “cat island”.
1. Cats Crowd the Harbor on Aoshima Island
2. Cats Surround People As They Get Off A Boat At The Harbor On Aoshima Island
3. The Main Part Of The Fishing Village On Aoshima Island
4. Cats Crowd The Aoshima Island Harbor
5. A Clowder Of Cats On The Wharf On Aoshima Island
6. A Cat Carries A Fish On Aoshima Island
7. A Cat Walks Past Wooden Farm Sheds On Aoshima Island
8. A Cat Jumps Off A Piano In The Music Room Of A Derelict School On Aoshima Island
9. Cats Crowd The Harbor Embankment On Aoshima
10. Ozu City Official Atsuko Ogata As She Carries A Bag Of Cat Food To The Designated Feeding Place
11. Aoshima Cats Beg For Food
12. The Village Nurse Atsuko Ogata Carries A Bag Of Cat Food
13. A Cat Leaps At The Photographer To Snatch His Lunch Snack
14. Cats Sit On A Wall On Aoshima Island
15. Cats Crowd The Harbor Embankment On Aoshima
Credit to TheAtlantic.com
Pictures by Thomas Peter/Reuters, photographed on February 25, 2015.