Animals·Posted on Jun 10, 2013The Stationmaster Of This Japanese Train Station Is A Benevolent CatTama is the station's hero, and she's awesome.by Sami MainBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink commons.wikimedia.org This is the Kishi Station located on the Kishigawa Line in Kinokawa, Wakayama, Japan. It's very special.Hint: It's shaped like a cat! Facebook: Super-Station-Master-Tama And this is Tama. She was born in 1999 and lived near the Kishi Station with a few other strays. Facebook: 37184496156 The station was almost shut down in 2004 due to financial problems. Facebook: Super-Station-Master-Tama The Wakayama Electric Railway destaffed all stations on the Kishigawa Line in order to cut costs. The informal stationmaster at the time, Toshiko Koyama, had "adopted" Tama a few years earlier, was named the stationmaster in 2006 under those cost-cutting measures. Facebook: Super-Station-Master-Tama In 2007, she was named stationmaster. She's paid in free cat food, so she leads a pretty cushy life. Facebook: Super-Station-Master-Tama As stationmaster, her job is to greet passengers. en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org Tama had two helpful assistants, Miiko and Chibi. Facebook: Super-Station-Master-Tama Thanks to Tama's charisma, the station became quite popular and was saved from financial ruin. Facebook: Super-Station-Master-Tama / Via travel.cnn.com The cat-shaped station contains "Tama-themed cafe, as well as a souvenir shop with items ranging from the usual array of pens, staplers and other supplies to Kishi Station uniforms." commons.wikimedia.org / Via travel.cnn.com She seems to be very proud of the success of her station. The Wakayama Electric Railway now operates three very cute trains: Strawberry Train, Tama Train and Toy Train. commons.wikimedia.org / Via travel.cnn.com You can see Tama every Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Luckily, Tama has an apprentice, Nitama, to work weekends. Facebook: Super-Station-Master-Tama Thank you for your hard work, Tama!