WAKAYAMA (Kyodo) Wakayama Electric Railway Co. on Wednesday unveiled a newly renovated Kishi Station, which is well-known for Tama, its calico “stationmaster.”
The feline, named stationmaster in 2007 of the Kishigawa Line station in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, was present at the ceremony celebrating completion of the new building, which bears the name Tama Museum Kishi Station.
The roof of the single-story wood structure is covered with layers of cypress, with decorations made to look like cat ears and skylight windows resembling cat eyes.
The floor is lined with tiles with illustrations of Tama, who has attracted tourists from across Japan since being named master of the once-unmanned station.
The building’s beams and pillars are made with local timber. It includes a stationmaster room and the Tama Cafe selling juice and ice cream made from local peaches and watermelons.
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