Tashiro, or Isle of Dogs
• Tashiro, or Isle of Dogs
The Pacific Ocean is Tashiro, or Isle of Dogs, which is part of the Japanese city of Ishinomaki. His second name of this island was due to living on it for homeless cats, whose number now exceeds the local population is about 100 people. Residents are fed these animals because they believe that it will bring them wealth and good fortune.
In the past, residents of the island bred silkworms for silk production. And to mice - moth natural predators - not simply too much because of the abundance of food, people began to keep cats, which in turn is not allowed to grow rodent populations.
After the Edo period (1603-1868 year) on Tashiro became popular fishing and fish coming back, people often stayed on the island for the night.
local cats attracted to the smell of fish came into the hotel, where the rest fishermen and "beg" their food. And because people are constantly fed the cats on the island these animals become even greater than it was, and fishermen, who loved cats, began to interpret their behavior as a prediction of the weather or the degree of success of the upcoming fishing.
According to local legend, once when the fishermen collected the stones necessary to fix the fishing nets, one stone accidentally touched the cat, and then she died. Out of pity to become almost a sacred animal for fishermen cat people buried with honor in the middle of the island, where later a sanctuary was built cats. He, like ten more scattered around the island sacred places of these animals can be seen today.
Also on Tashiro is 51 sculptures in the form of cats.
The majority of people and cats are on the island survived the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.
At the present time 83% of the island's population of elderly people. Tashiro residents are concentrated in fishing, as well as rent housing visitors. It is often carried out on the island Photo exhibition dedicated to cats.
Because of the press and the Internet blog the public learned about the unique place, after which the island began to be visited by tourists and cat lovers from all over Japan. Drawing attention to the Tashiro so locals are hoping to save the island from the desolation.