Could this be the fastest Hello Kitty collaboration ever?
SINCE the 1970s, Hello Kitty has been a permanent fixture across the globe. Namely in Asia and among teen girls.
Hello Kitty has served as a political figure, a child’s best playmate, a special tourism ambassador for the United Nations and has formed partnerships with just about every brand, from sodas to clothing lines, and ice cream makers to McDonald’s.
And now, drum roll please: Hello Kitty is collaborating with Japan Railways to bring commuters and travelers a colorful journey on the Shinkansen, also known Japan’s iconic bullet train.
The Japanese train operator, JR West has announced it will be working with the beloved Sanrio character on eight trains that connect the western cities of Osaka and Fukuoka.
JR West is aiming to revitalize connections between the regions with its new pink-coated bullet train, dubbed “Hello Kitty Shinkansen”.
The trains can reach a top speed of 320 kilometers per hour and with the new pink design adorning the sides, the new train is set to be quite the spectacle flying through the Japanese countryside.
The Hello Kitty Shinkansen is set to hit the track running this summer for a limited time only.
But the Sanrio-inspired theme isn’t just an aesthetic. Travelers will be able to admire the cute feline-inspired character in every coach throughout the journey.
The entire first carriage won’t have any seats and will instead be dedicated to providing passengers with glimpses of what they can expect from their intended destinations, such as specialty food.
Riding the bullet train will cost an average of US$120, but it is so worth it for the fully immersive Hello Kitty experience.