Japanese cat gets huge send off

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A lavish funeral has been held for a Japanese cat who became an international star when she was made a stationmaster at a train station western Japan.

Tama, who was made a railway official eight years ago, was credited with putting the rail firm back on track financially after drawing in thousands of tourists.

She was given a custom-made cap and jacket which made her a familiar sight at Kishi Station.
The 16-year-old cat died of heart failure on 22 June.

Dozens of company officials and fans turned out for Tama’s Shinto-style funeral on Sunday, where was elevated to the status of a goddess.

The Shinto religion, practiced by many in Japan, has a variety of gods including animals.

Another cat, called Nitama, has since become an apprentice stationmaster.

15 Responses

  1. That’s cute and cool! But it’s really sad that the cat died!
    That was just wrong to happen!

  2. I <3 famous cats. I watch cat videos all the time on utube.
    But a cat on the radio is just radical.

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