Tama, stationmaster of Kishi station will live forever in the hearts of the Japanese train patrons.
Tama, a tortoiseshell by Japanese standards, and calico by American, rose through the ranks to become one of the world’s most endearing celebrity cats.
Known as Tama-chan (“Little Treasure”), she started her life as an outdoor stray, fed by a local grocer near the Kishi train station. She frequented the station, endearing herself to passersby. One fine day in 2006, she was appointed stationmaster by an official at the Wakayama Electric Railway. She was given her own station cap in her own size; a stationmaster’s badge, and her own office with bed and litter tray. Tama’s presence there attracted increased ridership and revenue to WEC. In recognition of that, she was honored with her own train in 2009, designed with her image on the outside and interior of the train.
Tama was promoted from stationmaster, to super-stationmaster and honorary division chief. From there, she became an operating officer and a company vice-president. Not bad for such humble beginnings!
In June of this year, Tama passed on, honored by a funeral attended by thousands. She was honored as a goddess and buried in a shrine. Her successor Nitama, “Tama the second” has now assumed her duties at the Kishi station. I’m sure Nitama is discovering that “Tama-chan” is one very tough act to follow!
How did you come up with your cat’s name? Is it a name you first heard in a movie? Or maybe a television character? Or maybe it’s simply one of the long-time tried and true pet names like Tiger or Boots?
We love this infographic because not only does it tell us the most popular male and female cat names, but it also gives us a little insight into the ways that we humans come up with these names. Take a peek, and then we’ll chat some more below.
Is your cat’s name on this list? Leave a comment and tell us the name of your cat, as well as how you decided upon that name! This’ll be fun!
Anyone who’s ever lived with a cat knows that felines have a certain, shall we say, attitude toward the rest of the world. We’ll call it cattitude. Do you know how to read your cat’s cattitude? Take a look at the infographic below to learn more!
You can learn a lot about your cat’s mood by watching his tail and listening to his meow. Knowing how kitty is feeling and what he needs from you can be pretty simple when you know what to look for.
In what ways does your cat speak to you? Let’s chat about it in comments!
As of the writing of this post, we’ve yet to learn what the future holds. Will Punxsutawney Phil, the world renown groundhog from Pennsylvania, emerge from hibernation and see his shadow, taking this as a sign of six more weeks of Winter and return to his burrow? Or will he give us good news, seeing no shadow and letting us know that an early Spring is on its way?
The legend of Groundhog Day is based on an old Scottish couplet: “If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.” And while we all know that whether or not Phil sees his shadow is no true indicator of what Mother Nature holds in store for us, it’s still a fun little distraction in the middle of the cold, snow, and limited sunlight of the Winter months.
I’m curious, though – what do you think of Winter? Are you counting the days until Spring, as I am, or are you just fine with the cold? Leave a comment and let’s chat!