Have you ever wondered what makes a place famous? Obviously, the answer is point of interest. Famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Natural beauty such as the Jungfrau region in the Swiss Alps or the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Not to mention places of historic and architectural significance, from the Tower of London to the Empire State Building in New York.
However, there are some places that are famous for very strange reasons. One American town turned into a dog once its grocery store was burned down, and the Alleys of England became a prankster’s ass.
An “undiscovered” Pacific island and a growing Australian peak. Some of these places you may not want to visit, and others may prove a bit difficult unless you venture into the online world. They’re all famous for very strange reasons
If you have an aversion to cats, the island of Tashirojima is probably not the place to visit.
The remote rural island off the Japanese coast of Ishinomaki is predominantly inhabited by cats. In fact with just 100 human occupants, the island is also home to an estimated 800 cats
The felines date back to the 18th century, when residents used the cats to protect their textile industry, preying on the mice that threatened their silkworms.
In more recent times, fishermen would feed the cats from the shore, believing they brought good luck to the fishing fleet. A shrine to the feline population “ Neko-Jinja” has even been erected in the center of the island.
Today tourists make the hour long ferry trip to “Cat Island” where the locals are quite welcoming of a cuddle. The humans also appreciate visitors to their remote retirement village. There may not be many tourist facilities such as restaurants or cafes, however visitors are able to stay in “cat shaped” bungalows along the foreshore.