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Whimsical cat train drives up fun in Tokyo

  • YOMIURI SHIMBUN

    A maneki neko beckoning cat train runs on the Tokyu Setagaya Line.

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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