Tuesday, May 27, 2008

KITTY BRINGS TRAIN RIDERS BACK!

Without question, Japan is a country that truly knows the value of cats! Last week, Hello Kitty was named Japan’s tourism ambassador, and now we learn that last year, a Japanese train company appointed a tabby cat named Tama to the position of super station master at the Kishi station in Western Japan.

The Kishikawa line had been losing around $4.9 million a year as passenger numbers declined. Since Tama’s appointment, however, the number of train riders has steadily climbed back up and people are flocking to the Kishi station to see Tama and have their picture taken with her.

All of this makes perfect sense, since in Japan, cats are considered to be good luck and beneficial to business. Nice work, Tama, and may you be rewarded with all the sushi you can eat!

14 comments:

Daisy said...

I wonder where I can get a cute little Station Master hat like that...

Junior said...

Two paws up to Tama!

Fred said...

The good news just keeps on coming. My cats are ecstatic!

Mickey said...

That Tama is a cute cat!! I have some cat friends in Japan ,Monaka & Natume, and they are very cute too! They are not famous though :)
Purrs Mickey

Adan*Michico said...

Hahaha~~
I know this cat~!!
Very Very famous here~!!!! I want to meet this special cat as well!

Thank you so much for introducing to us!

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

WOW, that is a great cap!!!

Evergreen loves Kilroy said...

OHMYGOSH we need stuff like that in America!! SERIOUSLY!

She's an adorable kitty, too.

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

That is very cool! :) Tama is a great station master!

Willow said...

Tama is so cute with that station master hat on! I wouldn't be brave enough to be a station master cat and I don't wear hats! Tama must be very brave!

Purrrrrrs, Willow

zevo hussein calamari said...

Nice work!!!!!!! thanks

Derby said...

Mum saw this posted on the BBC news site. Good for the kittie.

Lux said...

That's very cool!

Gretchen said...

I think kitties of all kinds bring good luck and keep human's healthy and happy. Tama makes a keen conductor...

Hugs...G

THE ZOO said...

thats a smart mofe on the stations part. we only hope tamas makin a gud salary.