Tokyo Tram with Lucky Cat Images Drawing Attention

Society

Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--A Tokyo tram featuring images of white "manekineko" beckoning cats on its exterior is drawing keen attention, including among Instagram users.

The Instagrammable two-car tram is operated on Tokyu Corp.'s <9005> 5.0-kilometer Setagaya Line, which connects Sangen-jaya and Shimo-takaido stations in Setagaya Ward in the Japanese capital.

With only one such lucky cat train on the line and its operating schedule changing from day to day, an Instagrammer said, "I would be lucky if I ride it," while another commented, "It's a good omen."

According to the company, the special tram is being operated as a project undertaken jointly with Gotokuji, a Buddhist temple located near the Setagaya Line tracks, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the line and revitalize surrounding areas. Manekineko is said to have originated at the temple.

The manekineko tram made a comeback after it was operated between September 2017 and September 2018 to mark the 110th year of the Tamagawa Line, the Setagaya Line's predecessor, which was scrapped in 1969.

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