The cat in charge at Japan's Kishi Station
published : 16 Jul 2020 at 04:00
newspaper section: Life
This fluffy calico cat seems like a typical pet. She is adorable and sleeps most of the time, however, this feline is special because she has an official title as station master of Kishi Station in Kinokawa, a city in Wakayama Prefecture in Japan.
Her name is Nitama, or Tama II. She was born in 2010 and first served as an assistant to the first feline station master, Tama, before taking over in 2015 after Tama died at the age of 16.
To see Nitama, one needs to take a 30-minute train ride on the Kishigawa line from Wakayama Station to Kishi Station. Both the inside and outside of each train wagon is decorated with the theme of Tama. At Kishi Station, the workplace of Nitama is located next to the ticket counter. She stays in a clear glass box and also allows visitors to take pictures of her (without using flash). Please do not knock to wake her up because she doesn't like the noise. She will open her eyes if she hears the jingle of cat bells.
Sometimes Nitama does not wear a hat while she is in the office. She works even while sleeping. Her working hours are from 10am to 4pm. She works five days a week and her days off are Wednesday and Thursday. She gets paid with cat food.
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