Ainoshima, a tiny island off the coast of Japan is making attempts to lure Ed Sheeran to experience their cat haven. “Dear Mr. Ed Sheeran, did you know that there is a cat island in Japan?” the video sweetly asks, “it’s a tiny, tiny island and the size can’t even be compared to Ireland!”
The Japanese island is home to 150 cats and its tourist office has taken full advantage of the fact that Sheeran is planning on touring Japan this October. Ainoshima is an hour-long ferry ride from the port city of Fukuoka and covers less than half a square mile. Its 500 or so inhabitants are mostly fishermen.
The nearly five-minute long video is set to Sheeran’s global hit “Shape of You” and goes on to declare that the feline inhabitants are “care-free and full of life” with “so much love for one another”. The cats are fed by both locals and tourists.
It’s no secret that the famous singer is a fan of cats with his own felines making a regular appearance on his Instagram feed and also featuring in his tour diary videos.
Ainoshima isn’t the only cat island in Japan however. It’s often overshadowed by another island, Tashirojima in Miyagi which was the subject of a 2015 documentary, “Cat Heaven Island” and was also featured in a BBC show on the behaviours of pets. Japan has one of the highest per capita rates of cat ownership and celebrates Cat Day on 22 February.