Japan Takes Transportation to the Next Level With a Hello Kitty Bullet Train

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Hello Kitty, the adorable pink and white cartoon character, has been a beloved figure in Japan since Yuko Shimizu created her in 1974. She’s covered everything from coin purses to backpacks, vending machines, and now, a hurtling technological marvel.

 

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West Japan Railway just unveiled their newest bullet train, which is entirely Hello Kitty-themed. There’s Hello Kitty on the exterior, and inside, there are Hello Kitty rugs, headrests, and windows. And of course, as Instagram requires, there’s even a giant Hello Kitty statue that passengers can pose with.

The bespoke train, which shuttles between the Japanese cities of Osaka and Fukuoka, will only have a three-month run. But, it’s not just Hello Kitty fans that should be looking to book their tickets—Osaka and Fukuoka are two beloved culinary cities worth visiting regardless.

 

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Osaka’s known for its takoyaki (fried octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (a savory crepe of sorts), whereas chef Gaggan Anand declares Fukuoka one his favorite foodie places in the world. (Many people have also declared the delicious virtues of the city’s signature dish, Tonkotsu ramen, a pork-based noodle dish). So, a ride on this bullet train is well worth it—for foodies and fangirls alike.

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