Regular Japanese commuters riding the Seibu Ikebukuro Line have something to look forward to everyday.
It’s not because of anything special about the train itself, as the line that runs between Ikebukuro and Seibu Chichibu Stations is reportedly one of the least chic.
The reason the line has become famously special is because of a rising local celebrity commuter that has caught the delight of fellow repeat passengers: a cool train-traveling kitty.
— 【BENちゃん®】 (@manpukuoya) January 17, 2016
According to RocketNews24, passengers are generally delighted to see the cat on their regular commute. Most of the commuters can’t resist snapping the cuddly passenger’s photos, and it certainly does not mind. Some believe that they have been traveling with the kitty for about three years now.
— kumikoy (@kumikoya2737) July 12, 2015
Amazingly, the feline passenger travels unaccompanied by a human. However, he does occasionally travel with a friend kitty. He is usually seen getting on and off the platform unattended.
— 尾形誠 (@macop_fl) August 4, 2013
Unlike some rude commuters on public transport, the thoughtful cat has so far practiced excellent train etiquette, even keeping himself sitting in a compact manner and making room for other passengers.
Of course, when the train isn’t packed, he does take advantage of the space and usually spreads out a bit and occasionally takes a nap.
— hama_bot (@hmmtkntr) August 24, 2014
Seibu Ikebukuro Line even gives the regular feline passenger a special treatment by letting him ride freely as pets usually travel inside special carriers.