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    More news from the Wakayama Electric Railway! Tama, the world famous feline stationmaster of Kishi station on the Kishigawa Line, will be honored with his own special train:

    Here is an artist’s depiction of the Tama train:


    The train will have cartoon Tamas painted all over it, and its interior will feature photo booths where one can take and print cute Tama-themed purikura pics. The special Tama train will begin service in spring 2009.

    14 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - October 20, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Categories: Animal Videos, Odd / Strange

    Stephen Colbert talks about Tama the stationmaster cat

    American comedian Stephen Colbert joked about Tama the stationmaster cat on October 14th episode of the Colbert Report. Those of you that missed it can skip 2 minutes and 30 seconds into this clip:

    3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - October 18, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Categories: Animal Videos, Odd / Strange

    Stationmaster cat boosts local economy by ¥1.1 billion

    Tama the stationmaster

    The Wakayama Electric Railway Co. was in serious financial trouble a couple years ago, but their brilliant decision to make a cat named Tama the official stationmaster of Kishi Station has drawn in thousands of visitors from across Japan. The PR move saved the railway, and one expert even claims that Tama the cat’s popularity has boosted the local economy by 1.1 billion yen (about 10 million dollars):

    The mascot’s estimated economic impact on the area in a one-year period reached ¥1.1 billion, says professor Katsuhiro Miyamoto of Kansai University Graduate School.

    Miyamoto on Friday released an estimate showing that, in the one-year period since January 2007, when Tama first began “working” for the station, the number of passengers on the Kishigawa Line rose by 55,000 and that corresponding freight revenue climbed ¥15 million.

    Photo collections and related merchandise featuring Tama grossed ¥27 million, and she is also credited with boosting tourism in nearby Wakayama City.

    To mark the announcement of Tama’s amazing economic impact, FTV visited Kishi Station and created a special report about Tama merchandise and tourism:

    Tama is shown sleeping in his new office, where he is joined by two helper cats named Miko and Chibi. On the day of the filming, many tourists can bee seen at the station, including a woman who came all the way from Chiba Prefecture to see Tama. The gift shop at Kishi Station is well stocked with various Tama souvenirs, including snacks, photo books, and even a DVD of Tama and his helpers. Some of the tourists who come to see Tama end up staying at onsen hotels in the area, and the owner of one such hotel expresses her happiness at the situation.

    Professor Miyamoto believes one of the most impressive things about Tama’s economic impact was its low cost. For the price of a cat-sized stationmaster hat and some cat food, the Wakayama Electric Railway has raked in a huge amount of money.

    15 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - October 5, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Categories: Animal Videos, Odd / Strange

    Stationmaster cat gets summer bonus

    The Wakayama Electric Railway has given a special summer bonus to Tama, a cat that serves as stationmaster of Kishi Station on the Kishigawa Line. The bonus consists of a cooling pad and a custom-made mesh hat to replace the heaver stationmaster hat Tama usually wears.

    For more pictures and video of Tama, check out our April 2008 post about him!

    4 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - July 21, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Categories: Animal Videos

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