Tama the station master
The station master in a small Japanese town knows little about trains and is more interested in naps and treats than in schedules, which is not surprising as she is a cat.
From 2007-2015, a calico cat named Tama served as the station master of Kishi Station in Kinokawa City, which is the last stop on the Wakayama Electric Railway.
In 2004, the small regional train line had been experiencing financial problems, and was nearly shut down, but after the appointment of the furry station master, the town’s diminishing fortunes experienced a remarkable turnaround. The train station became an overnight tourist destination, with visitors from across the country flocking to the provincial town just to take a picture with Tama.
In the process, the railway system that at one point was on the verge of bankruptcy got a significant boost in sales.
Besides boosting ridership, Tama has inspired a whole line of cat themed products.
In the spring of 2009, the railway eager to cater to Tama’s fans unveiled a special cat themed train featuring cartoon depictions of Tama.
The following year, the station building at Kishi was revamped with a new structure resembling a cat’s face.
Tama came from humble beginnings, she was born in Kinokawa and raised with a group of strays wandering around Kishi Station. In 2007, officials of the failing rail system caught wind of the feline hanging around the station, and unexpectedly decided to name her Kishi’s new station master, hoping that the gimmick might help with the dire financial situation.
Needless to say, the plan worked like a charm.
Tama Passed away at the age of 16 in 2015, due to heart failure. After her passing, thousands of fans from across the country came to pay their respects. She was honoured with a Shinto-style funeral at the station and was given the posthumous title, “Honorary Eternal Stationmaster”.
Konnichiwa minna san o((*^▽^*))o
First and foremost, welcome to TPJCG! We hope you enjoy your stay here!
Love drawing? Want to improve your vocals? Searching for fellow nakamas wee-a-boos? This is the place for you!
TPJCG has multiple digital platforms for members such as you to communicate with and share their interest. This allows room for meaningful and in-depth discussions.
TPJCG Facebook group remains our main source of communication and dissemination of infomation & announcemnets.
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Overview of activities
I’m writing this to let interested freshies know what we do/have for you – This is a very small glimpse of the activities, I’d recommend you to visit the individual facebook links for more information.
Here we go~ Our weekly activities includes:
>> Drawing session – Every Monday, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Divided into 2 parts, in 2 separate classrooms – Theme and Guided.
THEME is a get-together drawing session, where people meet to draw manga style characters according to the given theme, which is released on the session itself.
GUIDED, as the name implies, is a session where there will be student senseis to guide you on the basic manga drawing techniques through step by step tutorials. It is highly recommended for people who just started to learn to draw!
>> Japanese Shogi Training – Every Tuesday, 6.00 – 9.00pm
Have a tactical mind? In our Shogi sessions, you will be taught the bare essentials of the game. Our seniors here have just picked up the skill, and will be guiding you on the basics of Shogi. In our Shogi sessions, we scheme, strategize, and hone our skills together :)
>> Dance session – Every Wednesday, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Divided into 2 parts, in 2 separate classrooms:Anime & Manga(AM) Arts & Entertainment(AE) [6.00 – 9.00pm].
ANIME & MANGA dance is a get-together dance session, where there will be dance senseis to guide you on dancing Anime and Vocaloid dance. We also learn dances from popular dance groups such as Guilty Hearts, Ars Magna and many more!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT dance is a get-together dance session, where there will be dance leaders to guide you on dancing modern JPOP dances. Dances that we have learnt includes Arashi, NEWS, Kis-My-Ft2, V6, Hey! Say! Jump! and many more!
>> Karaoke session – Every Friday, 6.00 – 9.00pm
A get-together singing session(similar to a KTV session) where you sing your favourite Japanese songs along with your friends.
>> Cultural Sharing Session – Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (Dates are subject to changes)
ASSIST Subcommittee will be sharing their knowledge of the various cultures of Japan including interesting Myths, Folklore, Japan’s Seasonal Festivals, Traditional culture and MANY more! (More details will be released at a later date so stay tune! ) ^^
IMPT FACEBOOK LINKS
Facebook Grp: https://www.facebook.com/groups/164887833592112/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TpjcgDrawingSession
AM Dance FB Grp: https://www.facebook.com/groups/138029322924140/
AE Dance FB Grp: https://www.facebook.com/groups/213921442014526/
FB Grp: https://www.facebook.com/groups/191255694280057
We also offer ad-hoc activities such as yukata wearing session, papercraft workshops, cosplay classroom and more! Do look out for them on our Facebook and Twitter!!
Lastly, if you have any further inquiries, feel free to contact Edwin (Alumni Advisor) through my mobile at 9299 1900 or PM me. The Main Committee and I will do our best to answer your questions!
We look forward to seeing you in our activities!
NOTE: Weekly sessions will start after orientation camp, subject to availbility of rooms and facilities. Above are day and timings consolidated based on the past years. Be advise that you should still look out for announcement/updates posted on the group. Details such as venue will be announced accordingly once the rooms/facilities are secured.
From 1583 to the end of the Edo Period, Kanazawa Castle (金沢城, Kanazawajō) was the seat of the powerful Maeda Clan, lords of Kaga, a feudal domain ranking second only to the Tokugawa possessions in terms of size and wealth.
The castle burnt down several times over the centuries, and the most recent fires of 1881 were survived only by two storehouses and the Ishikawa-mon Gate. The gate dates from 1788 and faces Kenrokuen. For several decades, Kanazawa University occupied the former castle grounds until the campus was moved to the city’s outskirts in the early 1990s. Since then, a project is underway to rebuild the castle’s former buildings. In the meantime, most central structures are standing again and make a visit more interesting.
The first buildings to be reconstructed were the two turrets (Hishi and Tsuzuki Yagura) and a long storehouse (Gojukken Nagaya) that connects the two turrets. The buildings were rebuilt to their original 1850s appearance using traditional techniques and materials. They were opened to the public in 2001 and contain excellent displays on traditional carpentry. It is the only part of the castle where an admission fee is charged.
Reconstruction of the castle’s former main entrance gate, the Kahoku-mon Gate, was completed in spring 2010. Its upper floor can be entered free of charge and contains some displays about the gate’s history and construction. In 2015, the Hashizume-mon Gate and the Gyokuseninmaru Garden were added. The pretty garden features a central pond and circular walking path.
Kanazawa Castle’s main keep was lost in a fire in 1602 and has never been rebuilt ever since.
The castle grounds is open to the public on 7:00 to 18:00 (March 1 to October 15) and 8:00 to 17:00 (October through February) where admission is free. However, the Gojukken Nagaya Storehouse and Turrets are 9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00) where admission is 310 yen.