Tashirojima, also known as “Cat Island,” sits just off the east coast of Japan. Here, hundreds of cats roam freely, cared for by around 80 human inhabitants of this delightful island. Tashirojima isn’t filled with cats by chance, though.
Hundreds of years ago, the residents raised silkworms for textile production. However, they couldn’t control the silkworms’ natural predator: mice. Cats were obviously the best solution. Later, fishermen on the island believed that cats brought good luck. They gave the beloved creatures fresh food and even devoted a shrine to a cat that had been killed by falling rocks.
In fact, the Cat Shrine is an ideal stop on a visit around Tashirojima. The tiny memorial is crowded with cat statues — and often with real cats, too. Located in the center of the island, the shrine is between the two port towns of Odomari and Nitoda. Tourists can walk between the villages via a series of trails.
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The most enjoyable activity on Cat Island, of course, is playing with cats, but the best one is spending money. The economy nowadays relies heavily on tourists’ generosity. Note, though, that most cafes are open seasonally, and there are no genuine restaurants on the island. Further, only in Nitoda can visitors find Tashirojima’s single large shop.
Interested tourists can book an overnight stay at various guesthouses, or at Manga Island, a unique, art-inspired camping site. Check out the lucky cats of Tashirojima yourself, and don’t forget Cat Island’s most crucial rule: let the cat lead the way.
roam v. 漫步；漫遊
silkworm n. 蠶
textile n. 紡織品
1. inhabitant n. 居民；棲息物種
The war forced the inhabitants of the country to leave their hometowns.
2. predator n. 掠食者
A zebra’s stripes help it hide, which protects the animal from predators that are trying to hunt it.
3. memorial n. 紀念碑
The memorial was built to honor all the soldiers who had died in the war.
4. trail n. 小徑
If you follow that path through the woods, you’ll find a beautiful waterfall at the end of the trail.
5. economy n. 經濟
Big companies get a lot of attention, but small businesses are still important to the economy.
6. genuine adj. 真正的；真誠的
This wallet is supposedly a Montblanc, but I don’t think it’s genuine because I got it at a
7. overnight adj. 一夜的；夜間的
Landon didn’t sleep well last night because he took an overnight bus from Boston to New York City.
8. inspired adj. 以…為靈感的；啟發性的
Amy’s knowledge of environmental issues allowed her to give an inspired speech at
the town meeting.
9. crucial adj. 關鍵的；重要的
Jennifer is a crucial part of this team: she communicates with our bosses.
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