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Friday, 8th November 2013
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Visit Japan's Cat Island

The island of Tashirojima in the Miyagi prefecture has been singled out by CNN as a travel hotspot - for the rather unexpected reason that the island is teeming with cats.

According to the news agency, it's not the only island in Japan to have this honour, and visitors to the isle of Ainoshima off the coast of Fukuoka can also be sure of seeing their fair share of pointy-eared felines.

Such is the dominance of the four-legged creatures on Tashirojima that dogs have been banned from the island for as long as anyone can remember, and the island's prominent Manga building is embellished with a pair of pointy ears as a tribute.

The felines on both islands are cared for by the various teams of fishermen who keep them fed feed them.

Dog lovers may be more inclined to visit the statue of Hachiko outside Shibuya station in Tokyo, however. The loyal akita is commemorated for showing extraordinary loyalty to his owner Professor Ueno, even after his death.

Written by Susan Ballion