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  • They're all coming! Oh my god

  • This is heaven!

  • Hey guys! Guess where we are right now~

  • Well first of all, let me introduce who I'm with

  • Chris (Abroad in Japan)

  • Jun and Rachel

  • And we are headed to, the best place in Japan!

  • CAT ISLAND

  • And we're on the boat, we just made the boat

  • Go watch my vlog videos on my 2nd channel

  • if you wanna see our whole adventure getting here

  • But yeah! We're headed to Cat Island!

  • I've wanted to go here for probably 2 years now

  • I think I first heard about it 2 years ago

  • and I think it's gonna be amazing

  • The weather is perfect, so we are really lucky

  • Oh my god we're almost there!

  • Is this it?

  • I think so yeah

  • Oh!

  • We're there we're there we're there we're there

  • Almost.

  • 5 minutes!

  • I'm just picturing the cats to come swarming to us

  • as soon as we get off the boat

  • I really hope that happens

  • Let's just come out with handfuls of food

  • We have taped it to our clothing!

  • We're here!! Look at this place, it's gorgeous!!

  • Alright guys, it's time to go find some cats, where are the cats!?

  • I don't see any cats yet

  • Heh, it's a lie!

  • It's all a publicity stunt

  • They call it Cat Island to lure us here

  • But actually, there aren't any!

  • But there were!

  • Tashirojima (Cat Island) is located in the Pacific Ocean

  • Off the coast of Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture

  • Tashirojima is inhabited by more cats than humans

  • Which is where it gets it's nickname of Cat Island

  • There are less than 100 people living on the island

  • But there are several hundred cats

  • In order to get to Tashirojima you need to take a 1 hour long ferry ride

  • which you can board from Ishinomaki

  • The boat will stop at both of the island's settled areas

  • A tiny village near the North, and a more developed village in the South

  • We decided to get off at the stop in the South

  • We are venturing deeper into the island now

  • in search of more cats

  • We already saw 3, yay!

  • Wowww

  • Awww

  • He's so friendly

  • OMG YES FOOD PLZ

  • What a cutie

  • It's the good stuff, it's not the cheap stuff

  • Aww

  • It's my favourite one

  • Ahh they're all coming, they're all coming! OMG

  • This place is heaven, I'm never going home

  • FUN FACT: Nobody owns a dog on Cat Island

  • In order to protect the cats it's actually not allowed to bring a dog onto the island at all

  • It's probably his first cat toy ever

  • Aww they're so happy~

  • Oh my god that grey one is so cute!

  • Aww I wanna bring him home~

  • There is one store on the island

  • where you can buy drinks and snacks

  • But surprisingly they didn't have a very good selection of cat food

  • So if you would like to feed the cats

  • I recommend bringing your own food and snacks for them

  • just in case there isn't any you can buy in the store

  • My recommendation would be to bring some cans of wet food

  • Or some bottles of water and bowls you can give them the water in

  • We saw a few people feeding them dry food

  • But we didn't really see any bowls of water anywhere

  • So I was kinda worried that the cats were dehydrated

  • So that would probably be a really good idea

  • This is paradise

  • It's a chocolate cat!

  • The tsunami is 2011 partially flooded Tashirojima

  • and both the villages had several buildings that were destroyed

  • Luckily, the island is located behind a peninsula

  • which helped protect it from more severe damage

  • We are now in search of the Cat Shrine

  • Which Chris has been telling us stories about

  • Tell us the background story Chris, with your best accent!

  • So it's said...

  • About 100 years ago, this island had a thriving textiles industry

  • And then, shit went down.

  • There were load of rats, and they were eating all the textiles

  • I can't remember what it was, silk or cotton or something?

  • All the rats were eating it

  • So they were like, I know what we can do! CATS!

  • So, they brought the cats along

  • The cats killed and ate all the rats

  • And they saved the economy of the island!

  • So to thank the cats, they made a Cat Shrine

  • And lived happily ever after, the end.

  • And now we're looking for that shrine...

  • This Cat Shrine is located at the centre of the island between the 2 ports

  • So if you get off at either one, and venture in towards the middle of the island

  • You should be able to find it

  • It was a good half-hour walk to reach the shrine

  • And it was really hot, there wasn't much shade around

  • So definitely bring enough liquids!

  • We found the shrine!

  • We made it to the Cat Shrine and this cat is so happy to see us

  • FINALLY PEOPLE

  • Hey~

  • DID YOU BRING FOOD?

  • We brought food!

  • ANYTHING GOOD?

  • Hey~

  • HURRY UP LADY

  • He's so happy, he's like "No one ever makes it all the way up here!"

  • This is pretty awesome

  • Look at all the... Oh my god there's cat toys!

  • That's so cute!

  • This shrine was built in dedication to a cat that was accidentally killed by a falling rock

  • After visiting the Cat Shrine, we decided to head out to the North side of the island

  • to see if there were any more cats to find over there

  • There weren't as many cats as there were over on the South side

  • But the cats that were there, all came flocking towards us

  • and they all looked really happy to see us

  • So if you get a chance, definitely go visit them

  • So far we have seen more cats than people, definitely

  • How many people have we seen so far? Maybe...

  • 6?

  • Yeah, maybe 10 at the most

  • Lots of them were tourists, at least half of them were tourists

  • And we've probably seen at least 30 cats

  • I would say. Probably about 30 cats.

  • So that's awesome!

  • Obviously we came to Tashirojima for the cats

  • But look at this view! We had a wonderful time

  • just relaxing down by the water here

  • It's a really gorgeous place

  • As you're exploring the island

  • You'll probably notice that there aren't any restaurants around

  • But after a quick Google search

  • we discovered that there is one

  • And we head off to find it!

  • Aww there's a cat coming to welcome us!

  • And Chris terrifies it.

  • It flees into the bushes

  • So we have discovered probably the only place to eat on the island

  • It's a house actually, it's someone's home and they have a little cafe

  • And it looks like there's only one thing on the menu

  • Probably each day they change it

  • Today is... Octopus Tomato Sauce Pasta

  • It was nice to be able to just come in and wash our hands

  • And use the washroom, they have a really nice washroom here

  • So if you're looking for somewhere to do that this is probably the only place on the island

  • Otherwise you'd have to use an outhouse, those were the only other washrooms that we saw

  • He's following us home!

  • Aww what a cutie

  • It's time to get back on the boat and go home :(

  • I don't wanna leave, this place is really nice

  • We're on the ferry now

  • Which is really sad :( Are you sad Chris?

  • Chris is so sad

  • There'll be tears in a minute

  • Seriously this place was so nice, it was gorgeous!

  • Really, really relaxing

  • And the cats were so cute!! They were so friendly!

  • It's so rare to find stray cats that are friendly in Japan

  • that will like, come up to you! They were so cute

  • Shrine cat was the best!

  • And that pretty grey cat with the long hair that kinda looked like Maro

  • Those 2 were my favourite

  • I will put all the information about Cat Island down in the description box

  • Check that if you're interested in coming here

  • It cost 2500 yen for the boat ride here and back, both ways

  • Yeah, it's not too bad

  • You can get lunch on the island for 800 yen

  • We are heading back to Sendai now, to continue our road trip

  • So check out the videos on Rachel and Chris' channels

  • And look forward to more from me too!

  • Bye!!

They're all coming! Oh my god

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A Day on Japan's CAT ISLAND: TASHIROJIMA

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    Summer posted on 2021/04/02
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