Cat Train: The tram painting a cat that brings a happiness.
(L) A cat-tram is parking at Shimotakaido station (R) A display describing
the Tanaden-110 year anniversary on the side of the tram.
A cat-tram is welcoming a tourist on the side of the body and at the hanging
in the tram.
(L) A boarding fee is 150 yen ( flat rate ): A train driver and conductor
check a ticket or IC card.
(M) A great ticket costs 330 yen, valid throughout the day.(R) Footprints
(L) Tram driver (R) Railroadside walk map
(L) A cat-tram is on a platform (M) A cat-tram is running lightly on railroad
track (R) A tram in yellow color is in the train garage in Kamimachi Station.
(L) Train garage is located at Kamimachi Station. (R) A cat-tram stopped
at Wakabayashi station.
There are regular tram cars with blue, brown and light-green colored vehicles.
Sangnchaya terminal station
A cat-tram is leaving Sangenchaya station for Shimotakaido.
(L)(R) A cat-tram traveling or stopping at a station (M) woman conductor.
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Tokyu unveils new tram with beckoning cat livery to mark 110th anniversary
of Tamagawa Line.
In October 2017, Tokyu Corporation unveiled a new tram painted with 'manekineko', beckoning cat livery to commemorate
the 110th anniversary of the Tamagawa Line and promote the use of Setagaya
Line to tourists.
Upon its completion in March 1907, the Tamagawa Line connected Dogenzakaue
and Sangenjaya stations.
However, that line has been closed.
In 1969, it now operates as the Setagaya Line, linking Sangenjaya and Shimotakaido
stations in Setagaya Ward.
The best way to commemorate the anniversary and further boost the popularity
of the railway, we came up to
an idea of collaborating with Gotokuji Temple because the temple is known
worldwide for (enshrining) a beckoning cat.
A spokesperson said so at a media preview in the train-storage facility
in Kamimachi Station. The Setagaya Line, which runs across Setagaya
Ward, is one of the few light-rail tram lines still operating in Tokyo.
Many historic sites such as Gotokuji Temple, Shoin Shrine and Setagaya
Hachimangu Shrine, which are highly recommended to tourists.
The company plans to keep the newly decorated two-car tram in service until
the end of March 2018.
Source: The Japan Times, September 25, 2017
$B!!(BKofuku-no-Manekineko tram departures from Sangenjaya Station
At the beginning of Edo period, there was a rundown temple in Setagaya.
One day, a Japanese lord named Naotaka
It was getting home from hunting hawk. He was walking in front of the temple
when he noticed a white cat beckoning
to him from inside the temple. Tempted by the cat's gesture, he followed
the cat. As soon as he approached the cat,
there was a sudden heavy rainfall and the place he stood before was struck
by lighting. His life was saved by
the white cat. The cat's name was Tama, and Tama was the temple priest's
(L) An approach to Gotokuji temple (R) A three-storied pagoda
(L) A wild parakeet was observed on a tree. (M) Plum blossoms telling the
coming of spring (R) Incense burner $B9aO'(B
Large numbers of beckoning cat
(L) $BPG@$<0(B (M) Raisinng cat's right hand and call happiness. (R) Red plum
$B!!(B Gotokuji Temple
Shouin-jinjya Shrine is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified
spirit of Yoshida Shouin, an activist during the Edo era.
The shrine was erected in 1882, and the current main shrine building was
built in 1927. It is located in setagaya.
The nearest station is Shouin-jinjya-mae, Tokyu-Setagaya Line.
Approach to Haiden of Shouin Jinjya
The Setagaya-Hachimangu is also famous for a lifting stone and a sumo ring.
It is located in setagaya. The nearest station is Miyanosaka, Tokyu-Setagaya
(L) Nino-Torii to Setagaya-Hachimangu (M)Temizusha (R) Haiden of Shouin Jinjya
Tokyo Metropolis Mini-tour
The article was written, and photographs were taken in March 2018, by Junhaku
Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.