Yes, You’ve Died And Gone To Fox Heaven. And It’s Glorious.

The Japanese are the masters of cute and cuddly. We know about bunny island and cat island, but did you know there is a fox village?

Where us western urbanites might think of foxes as a pesky nuisance, in Japan, these lovely creatures are given a whole village to themselves…

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Image credits: Piccolist

…where all the various species of fox vie for your attention, love (and food!).

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Image credits: Souctine

Zao Fox Village is located in the mountains near Shiroishi.

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Image credits: uuaya

For 100 yen (or about 85 US cents), visitors are provided with food, but because the foxes are not domesticated, they are cautioned against hand-feeding them or bringing small children.

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Image credits: Danny Villeneuve

Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom.

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Because of their potential power and influence, some people make offerings to them as to a deity. We can see why!

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Image credits: ryooo007

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Image credits: Momizi Lin (left) | Yik Yuh (right)

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Image credits: Hiroto Ue

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Image credits: Tatsuro Shimono

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Image credits: Handai Fox

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Image credits: secret chaos

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Image credits: Maguny Annisin

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Image credits: Cocotte Ms33

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Image credits: Handai Fox

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Image credits: Handai Fox

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Image credits: Danny Villeneuve

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Image credits: Gustav98se

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Image credits: Gustav98se

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Image credits: Mura Kumo

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Image credits: toriruki akiru (More info: japantravel.com)

Prepare for cuteness overload…

Someone please take us there now!