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世界初のネコ駅長たまとその後継猫たち World's first Cat Stationmaster "Tama" and his successors



Five years have passed from the death of the world-first Cat Stationmaster "Tama." Now take a look at his successor cats...   

世界初のネコ駅長を務めた「たま」World- first Cat Stationmaster "Tama" 

三毛猫の「たま駅長」社葬 3000人が別れ惜しむ(15/06/29) - YouTube

三毛猫の「たま駅長」社葬 3000人が別れ惜しむ(15/06/29)
31,337 回視聴•2015/06/29
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和歌山電鉄で人気を集めた三毛猫の「たま駅長」が死んだことを受け、社葬が営まれました。 和歌山電鉄の社葬は、たま駅長が勤務していた貴志駅で営まれ、和歌山県の仁坂知事や全国のファンら約3000人が参列しました。

Tama, a calico cat, was the stationmaster of Kishi Station on the Kishigawa Line in Wakayama Prefecture. When he passed away, WAKAYAMA ELECTRIC RAILWAY conducted a funeral ceremony at the station, gathering 3,000 participants including the governor the prefecture.


Tama used to be a stray cat stayed on in the station building, but became a great stationmaster with dignity. You can see how he looked at the following link. 

威厳あるたま駅長、在りし日の姿 Greate Stationmaster Tama 

たま駅長の証明。 Proof Of The Cat Station Master - YouTube

たま駅長の証明。 Proof Of The Cat Station Master
111,012 回視聴•2013/02/11
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Tama as executive officer in his last years. Cute but tough in his naivy cloak with white collar. In a dignified manner, he keeps still, watching carefully passengers in the station building. Look at his cool back shot at 1:49. No wonder he is the first! 

”たま”の後継者”二タマ”だが…"Nitama" takes over the position from Tama

たま駅長後任に「ニタマ」 和歌山・貴志駅 - YouTube

たま駅長後任に「ニタマ」 和歌山・貴志駅
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たま駅長存命時からすでに実務を引き継いでいた「二タマ」ですが…、ちょっと初代に比べると、正直言いましょう、平凡、なんですよ。たま駅長の様な神々しさはなく、やはり ”たまに似た”ネコであり、たまではない。いや、二タマには二タマの良さがあるんでしょうが…。どうしても「たま」を思い出してしまう。そこがかえって辛いわあ。やはりカリスマのあとってのは不利ですね。

"Nitama" assumed the second Kishi Station Master after Tama. She is, let me be honest, somewhat ... "ordinary" compared to Tama, a cat of signity. Nitama means "Ni-teiru Tama," a cat looks like Tama, but is NOT Tama the cat! I know Nitama has her own uniqness, but, she just reminds me Tama. That is so painful for me. It is so challenging to take over a charisma.

福島のネコ駅長「ばす」も旅路に出た Another Station Cat "Basu" at Asinomaki Hot Spring Station

ネコ駅長「ばす」に最後の別れ 福島・会津鉄道が社葬 - YouTube

ネコ駅長「ばす」に最後の別れ 福島・会津鉄道が社葬
10,799 回視聴•2016/05/01
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Besides famous Stationmaster Tama in Wakayama Prefecture, there was another cat stationmaster in Fukushima Prefecture.

 ”ばす”を引き継いだ”らぶ”駅長 "Labu" assums chair of"Basu"

ネコ駅長に「らぶ」就任 会津鉄道 2代目に - YouTube

ネコ駅長に「らぶ」就任 会津鉄道 2代目に
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I can find some talent as an idol cat in "Labu," while its predecessor "Basu" looks a little plain.  

駅長見習い”さくら”は「にゃん旅鉄道」チャンネルで活躍 Apprentice tationnmaster "Sakura" in "Nyan Travel Railway" Channel 

Vol.57「にゃん旅鉄道」さくらと桜のコラボにゃ!【らぶ駅長】【ねこ駅長】【見習い さくら】【会津鉄道・芦ノ牧温泉駅】 - YouTube

Vol.57「にゃん旅鉄道」さくらと桜のコラボにゃ!【らぶ駅長】【ねこ駅長】【見習い さくら】【会津鉄道・芦ノ牧温泉駅】
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"Sakura" is scheduled to follow "Labu." Does a staionmaster tends to be selected on looks? That's reasonable I think, but its responsibility for the passenger gathering to the station is not light like a cat toy.

まとめ Wrapping-up



I have a memory of Stationmaster Tama. To tell the truth, I firstly laughed at the cat. I thought it was just a foolish attraction. However, several years ago, when I received a certain bad notice at hospital, I suddenly couldn't stand, felt weakened and slump on the sofa. In such a situation, you cannot read newspapers. The world suddenly got away from me, except for "The Photobook of Stationmaster Tama." In panic, I found it on the book shelf in the hospital. I just gazed at his pretty daring face, which was the only access to this world for me (at least at that time). Then, I started to calm down gradually thanks to the book. 
"Salute the Stationmaster Tama!" (in the way of Nenji Kobayashi in "Poppo-ya")    

*Later, my fears turned out to be groudless. 

映画『 鉄道員』"Poppo-ya" Cast: Ken Takakura, Nenji Kobayashi, etc.

鉄道員(ぽっぽや) 発売【告知】 - YouTube

鉄道員(ぽっぽや) 発売【告知】
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