Whim­si­cal train is cat’s meow in Tokyo

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - WORLD | FOCUS ON JAPAN -

TOKYO >> A train dec­o­rated to look like a maneki neko, or lucky “beck­on­ing cat” fig­urine, is run­ning on the Tokyu Se­ta­gaya Line to the de­light of res­i­dents.

The Tokyu Se­ta­gaya Line connects Shi­mo­takaido Sta­tion and San­gen­jaya Sta­tion, both in Se­ta­gaya Ward, Tokyo. This year marks the 110th an­niver­sary of the launch of the cur­rent line’s pre­de­ces­sor, the now-de­funct Tokyu Ta­m­a­gawa Line that con­nected Shibuya Sta­tion and Ta­m­a­gawa Sta­tion. Tokyu Corp. de­cided to run the cat train to com­mem­o­rate the an­niver­sary.

The maneki neko was cre­ated by the Go­tokuji tem­ple, which is lo­cated along the Tokyu Se­ta­gaya Line.

Paw prints are drawn on the floor inside the train and each hand strap is shaped like the ears and legs of the cat. The sin­gle-car train will be in ser­vice through March.

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