[*Note: That header bears a little explaining, K? -Ed.]
You may sadly recall that Station Master Tama passed away on June 22nd. An estimated 3,000 people turned out for her Sunday Shinto-style funeral. Now C.O. reader Amy S. has alerted us to the fact that Tama has been granted the posthumous status of…Shinto Goddess.
Quoting The Guardian UK, “This is in keeping with the indigenous Japanese religion’s practice of honouring animal deities. She will be enshrined at a nearby shrine for cats in August, according to Mitsunobu Kojima, president of the Wakayama Electric Railway.”