Source: neconeconews Japanese Trainstation Gets New Cat Stationmaster! Nitama The Cat Appointed As New Feline Officer! 2015-09-03 Thu 2016-02-18 Thu By now many people seem to be familiar with the story of Tama the cat, an unusual but very popular honorary stationmaster at the financially struggling Kishi Station in Wakayama prefecture. She is credited with reviving the station, as she attracted visitors from all over the world who wanted to see the fabled calico officer. Her recent and tragic passing even resulted in a proper funeral, attended by roughly 3,000 people. However, after a period of mourning, the station has found a successor in a new cat—Nitama. (Ni = 2, so Tama II.) President of the Wakayama Electric Railway, Mitsunobu Kojima, has deemed it the right time for a new cat to take up the mantle, and had nothing but glowing remarks about Nitama's capability. She appears to have quite the resume, which of according to Kojima, includes no aversion to wearing a hat, being comfortable around people, and direct teaching experiences from Tama. Nitama is even the "first graduate of training school for Cat Stationmaster." "She doesn't dislike wearing a hat." Meet Nitama, Japan's new cat stationmaster: http://t.co/ZbzIbKsCe5 pic.twitter.com/csnW5gEBOW— CNN Travel (@CNNTravel) 2015, 8月 25 The original Tama is still regarded as a guardian of the station, so she is there in spirit to watch her successor follow in her pawsteps! 【ブログ更新しました】後任は、部下の「◯◯◯」！- 6月に1亡くなった和歌山電鐵の三毛猫の「たま」駅長。やはり後任はあの猫でした。元気に「にゃ～」と鳴いてます！ #和歌山電鐵 #たま駅長 #駅長たま #ニタマ… http://t.co/68TJFXwltK— Railway ∞ Infinity (@RailwayInfinity) 2015, 8月 12 So of course Nitama made sure to pay her respects to the cat that meowed the way for her. Nitama started as a receptionist cat, now she is a stationmaster cat. Don't tell me hard work doesn't pay off. pic.twitter.com/KnAOkPp4VA— Simon Wong (@wimon_song) 2015, 8月 25 With Tama having so many adoring fans worldwide, it's going to take all nine lives worth to reach that sort of rockstar status. However, it seems like she is ready for it. And if she ever has any worries, she can look at this clip of Tama doing her duty as research. It seems pretty cushy! By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:Asahi Shimbun / BBC News / @CNNTravel / @wimon_song / @RailwayInfinity / Mainichi Shimbun / たま駅長の証明。 Proof Of The Cat Station Master Tags: grape Japan Culture Japanese Trainstation Gets New Cat Stationmaster! Nitama The Cat Appointed As New Feline Officer!