The Cat That Won’t Stop Meowing, on Japan’s Cat Island

On the way to the Cat Shrine on Japan’s Cat Island, we encountered a cat that started to follow us and wouldn’t stop meowing. Locals mentioned that she was the guardian of the Cat Shrine.


The footage was taken during our stay on Tashirojima (田代島), which 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.

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