Nitama the Cat Replaces is New Station Master at Kishi Station

Nitama a.k.a. Tama II is Tama’s new successor.  Tama, who presided over Japan’s Kishi station for eight years, passed away at the age of 16 this past June. Tama was credited for saving the Wakayama Electric Company from financial ruin. After a period of mourning, the time had come for the railway’s president Mitsunobu Kojima to announce her successor.

Nitama learned from Tama and was the receptionist with the Okayama Electric Tramway and filled in for Tama at Kishi Station.  A calico, just like Tama, graduated from the “Training school for Cat Stationmaster.”  According to Kojima,  “the main requirements for the role are the ability to “feel comfortable with people at the workplace” and a willingness to wear a hat.”

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We think Tama looks cute in the hat! Welcome to Tama!

 

Tama the Cat Dies at Age 16

We were so sorry to hear this past week, the passing of Tama the cat, who served as the train stationmaster of Kishi Station in Japan.

Not only did this female tortoiseshell’s popularity rise quickly following her 2007 appointment as the stationmaster of Kishi Station, which serves Japan’s rural neighborhood of Kinokawa in Wakayama Prefecture, she saved the station from financial ruin and has greeted visitors every day since.

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According to the Japan Times, Wakayama governor Yoshinobu Nisaka paid tribute to Tama in a statement.

Tama was a “tourism superstar extremely popular in and out of Japan who contributed greatly to promoting tourism in our prefecture. I am filled with deep sorrow and appreciation,” Nisaka said.