Station Master Tama the Cat Remains Railroad Goddess After Her Death 2018-08-24 Fri 2018-08-24 Fri JAPAN Forward, Kaichi Iwamoto Tama's Enduring Popularity The popularity of the endearing “station master” Tama, a female calico cat on the Wakayama Electric Railway Kishigawa Line, endures. © JAPAN Forward While serving as a station master, Tama gained fame for her adorable outlook and attracted plenty of tourists from home and abroad. She frequently appeared in foreign media, causing her to gain an international reputation. Her popularity hasn’t faded, despite her death at the age of 16 in 2015. A pretty 30-minute train ride from the JR Wakayama Station brings you to the unmanned Kishi Station in the town of Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture. There you will find a Shinto shrine, with small gates, that holds the spirit of Tama, who was Kishi’s “super stationmaster” and became the sprit goddess Tama Daimyojin upon her death. Tama’s Overseas Fans © JAPAN Forward Wakayama Electric Railway spokeswoman Noriko Yamamoto talked about how much Tama was loved. “I can sense how great ‘Tama’ was as foreign tourists continue to visit the Tama Shrine, even three years after she died.” She lived a good life at a time when animal station masters were still rare. She was introduced to foreign audiences on TV programs and through the internet. Tourists from all parts of the world came to see her when they visited Japan. © JAPAN Forward Aside from many interviews, Tama made her “acting” debut in the French documentary film Looking for Cats (La Voie Du Chat) in 2008. The film, shown in France, Germany and Japan, interviewed many cats worldwide to depict the close relationship between cats and humans. More Offers to Come In 2017, about two years after Tama died, the search engine giant Google paid tribute to her. Commemorating her birthday, April 29, Google rolled out a special one-day logo of the calico cat in 12 countries, including Japan and several in Europe. In the past, Google had created special logos to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Astro Boy by Japanese cartoonist Osamu Tezuka (2008) and the 100th anniversary of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (2010). Yamamoto expressed surprise at the honor for Tama, saying, “I did not expect Tama to become so widely known.” Collaboration on a picture book with the famous Chinese animation character “Ali” is now under way. A plan to make an anime film starring Tama has also been discussed. Plans have also emerged for a documentary film (...) Written by Japan ForwardThe continuation of this article can be read on the "Japan Forward" site.Station Master Tama the Cat Remains Railroad Goddess After Her Death By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:© JAPAN Forward Tags: calico cat / Cat / JAPAN Forward / Kishi Station / Kishigawa Line / la voie du chat / Shinto shrine / station master tama the cat / Tama / Wakayama Electric Railway grape Japan Sightseeing Station Master Tama the Cat Remains Railroad Goddess After Her Death Related Article Spaceship Style Backpack Surprises Cat With A Breathtaking View Of The World Modern Artwork Created At Art Historian’s Home Overnight: The “Artist” Is Not Who You’d Expect Recovering Through Interactive Art in Tohoku Rescued Kitten Surprises His New Family By Turning Into A Giant Fur-Ball Heart of Everyday Life: British Pub vs Japanese Izakaya These Kitties Cling To Your Earphone Cables! They’re So Cute You’ll Want To Take A Whole Clowder With You!