Lonely Planet Writer

Cat stationmaster replacement named in Japan

Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, has officially appointed a cat as its ‘stationmaster’. The cat, named Nitama, had been a subordinate of the previous cat stationmaster, Tama, who died recently.

Tama the cat, the late stationmaster at Kishi Station.
Tama the cat, the late stationmaster at Kishi Station. Image by as365n2 / CC BY-SA 2.0

The railway line had been in financial difficulties at the time Tama became stationmaster in 2007 and credits the cat with saving the line, as the novelty of the cap-wearing animal stationmaster attracted tourists from around the country. Nitama (‘Tama the second’) was formally welcomed into the role of her predecessor yesterday and a shrine to Tama was unveiled. Read more: japantimes.co.jp