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Tashirojima also known as Manga Island is reputed for its feline residents. This cat dominated island has more cats than humans living here. According to folklore which is largely believed here, cats symbolize good fortune and wealth, due to which you will find well fed and well kept in Tashirojima. These feline animals are not kept as pets and roam about the isle freely. Majority of the human population are over 65 years and has only about 100 people now. There is also a cat shrine in the heart of the island called Neko-jinja. Dogs are obviously not allowed in this cat island.
Established around 1087 by Fujiwara no Kiyohira, Hiraizumi lay at the center of the ill-fated Nothern Fujiwara dynasty's political, commercial and religious aspirations until 1189 when it was largely destroyed at the behest of Minamoto no Yoritomo. Inspired by the doctrines of Pure Land Buddhism and the native Japanese culture, a series of lavish temples and spectacular gardens were created as earthly embodiments of paradise and are a testament to the vast riches possessed by the dynasty during its heyday. Blending together temples gilded in gold and silver, tranquil ponds and lush gardens, the monuments of Hiraizumi once formed a picture of transcendent beauty and paradisical splendour. Although the city was once replete with these glorious monuments, many were ravaged by fires and the tragic loss of their benefactors. Today, the temples of Chūson-ji, Mōtsū-ji, Kanjizaiō-in Ato and Muryōkō-in Ato alongside Mount Kinkeisan have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.