Photo/IllutrationKuronosuke relaxes in its new “office” at Yumeji Art Museum in the Hama district of Naka Ward in Okayama on Dec. 19, 2017. (Nana Ogawa)

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OKAYAMA--A black cat has been given its own "office" at Yumeji Art Museum.

The feline, named Kuronosuke, serves as mascot of the museum, which is dedicated to Yumeji Takehisa, a prominent painter from the Taisho Era (1912-1926).

Kuronosuke is expected to show up just a few times a week with a red ribbon around its neck to “perform its duty” and welcome visitors, said museum staff. But as is the case with other cats, Kuronosuke is “whimsical” when it comes to attendance, they added.

The cat was taken in by a museum official after it was almost run over by a car in September 2016. Because it looks like a black cat from an illustration drawn by Yumeji, it was “appointed” as mascot. Its office was unveiled Dec. 19.