2016年04月24日

The fact that a cat named 'Tama' was officially assigned for the stationmaster of Kishi Station in Kinokawa City, Wakayama Prefecture, became the topic of a conversation.

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Kishi Station originally belonged to Nankai Electric Railway Co.,Ltd, one of the largest private railways in Japan. In 2006, when this station was sold to Wakayama Electric Railway Co., Ltd, a small local company, it became unmanned. Being attended with this labor saving policy, the unique proposal to appoint a pet cat of the station kiosk as the stationmaster, was moved by the new company president. A stationmaster's office, as shown in the first picture, was built for the cat next to the ticket gate in 2008, and this came up in conversation across the country. Kishi Station is always packed with not only Japanese visitors but also non-Japanese sightseers from all over the world. This station building had long been an original wooden building though, the new building as shown in the second picture was rebuilt in 2010.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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