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What you see could be a regular "condominium meeting" in Aoshima, a remote island in southern Japan, located 13 km off the coast of Ozu, in Ehime Prefecture. In this 1.6 km long patch of land the relationship between man and cat is very narrow, but above all it is 1: 6. The number of felines is 120, the inhabitants barely twenty - all retired and former fishermen, who spend most of their time feeding the animals.

Aoshima was 380 years ago a small but well-organized fishing village, in which cats were introduced to free themselves from mice that infested boats in search of food.

During the Second World War, the island - which we see in a panoramic photo here - was used to house refugees. In 900 they moved to this territory together with their pets.

In 1960, 655 people remained, even if the boom in feline births, the residents say, took place from about ten years ago, when the population was drastically reduced, and the reproduction of cats continued unchecked.

Today the quadrupeds wander undisturbed on the island, colonizing every corner and every corner and being satisfied with what passes through the convent: potatoes, energy bars and onigiri, rice balls and algae (a typical Japanese snack that tourists bring in their rucksacks) .

Not exactly a rich and varied diet, but the freedom that reigns on the island would envy the normal domestic cats.

Every day the island is visited by cat lovers who from the mainland travel to Aoshima by ferry to pay homage to its residents.

For the rest, the "Cats Island" - as it has been dubbed - does not offer many attractions. There are no shops, bars, cars or other active structures: a desolation that allows the felines to roam freely in what has now become their territory (the one from which this cat peeps out, once it was a school).

Feline gathering in the island's port, awaiting the next shipment of food (and its bipedal carriers).

A quick photo of the cats, before getting off the ferry.

The nurse (and veterinary?) Of the village takes care of its inhabitants.

With such fierce competition, the food belongs to those who jump higher.

Every now and then you argue over a bite, but all in all the cohabitation is peaceful.

The abandoned houses offer perfect meeting places for feline gatherings.

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