On June 22, former HSOTD and Japanese treasure Tama the Station Cat died of heart failure and retired to the great big train station in the sky at the age of 16. That day, a little piece of Dlisted’s blackened heart also died.
Tama the Station Cat choo choo’d her way into our hearts years ago when she became the official greeter at the Kishi train station in the Japanese city of Kinokawa. Tama was a stray cat, but was saved from the streets after the train station officials gave her a job. Tama got paid with tuna. She was later promoted to “operating officer” and with the new fancy title came a new fancy feathered cap which was very “captain in the Liberace army.”
Before Tama became the face of the Kishi train station, the local railway company was on the verge shutting down. After she became the face of the Kishi train station, they were able to pull themselves out of the financial gutter thanks to all the money they made from visitors who came to see the hardest-working pussy in Kinokawa.
The BBC says that Tama’s funeral was on Sunday and it was as lavish as her fashion sense. 3,000 of her fans came out to pay their respects to the feline savior of the Japanese train industry. The president of the Wakayama Electric Railway, Mitsunobu Kojima, spoke at her funeral and thanked her for saving his job. During the Shinto ceremony, Tama was also elevated to goddess status, because that’s just the right thing to do. Tama’s apurrentice Nitama has succeeded her as the Queen of the Kishi Station.
Rest in peace, Goddess Tama. You are now in heaven, single-pawdedly saving the train industry up there.
And if getting a tattoo on your retinas was possible, I’d be at a tattoo shop handing that picture over to the artiste as I smear Dr. Numb cream on my eyeballs.