A Hello Kitty bullet train is coming to Japan, and it's beyond insane
Japan is known for its bullet trains and cute things. Put them together, and what do you get? A Hello Kitty-inspired bullet train.
It was only a matter of time before it happened. After the previously unveiled Hello Kitty aeroplanes threw every sense of normality out of the window, it made sense for the billion-dollar brand to branch out to every mode of transport possible. Now Japan has announced the arrival of its two Hello Kitty-inspired 500 series bullet trains, which will begin their three-month run between Osaka and Fukuoka this week, on June 30th.
It's a real head-turner.
— Japan Today News (@JapanToday) June 25, 2018
The shocking pink train is hoped to boost tourism, since Hello Kitty has become such a global brand. And I hope you like her — because on this train, there's no escape. She's not just on the exterior design. She's on the windows, the seat covers, the flooring, and just about everything.
Japan is ensuring that you get the full Hello Kitty experience while riding these trains. The first carriage, called Hello! Plaza, has no seats. Instead it's an area to buy regional products, and of course, lots of merchandise. The second carriage, known as Kawaii! Room, contains a "life-sized" Hello Kitty doll. According to Sanrio, that's "five apples tall." She'll be wearing a train operator uniform, and travellers are expected to take full advantage of this photo opportunity.
In case that's not enough, a Hello Kitty café and souvenir shop will be opening at Hakata Station. They'll be selling even more exclusive products for fans to grab.
Popular character "Hello Kitty" Bullet train for the press will round trip between Hakata - Shin - Osaka . pic.twitter.com/RUs1sYuIkI
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Here's how to get tickets, if you think you can handle this.
Tickets are purchased from a website dedicated to the sickeningly adorable train. So some poor unsuspecting person can't end up on one by accident. The train is very popular though, so tickets are selling out fast.
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— Scott Hefti (@Havenlust) June 26, 2018