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All aboard the Hello Kitty: Pink bullet train debuts in Japan

The special ‘shinkansen’, adorned with the cartoon favourite inside and out, made its inaugural trip between Osaka and Fukuoka.

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A Hello Kitty-themed ‘shinkansen’ bullet train is has been unveiled at JR Shin Osaka station in western Japan (Kyodo News/A{)

A Hello Kitty-themed ‘shinkansen’ bullet train is has been unveiled at JR Shin Osaka station in western Japan (Kyodo News/A{)

A Hello Kitty-themed ‘shinkansen’ bullet train is has been unveiled at JR Shin Osaka station in western Japan (Kyodo News/A{)

A Hello Kitty-themed “shinkansen” bullet train has debuted in Japan.

Adorned with the cartoon favourite inside and out, it is a dream ride for her fans.

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TheHello Kitty-themed ‘shinkansen’ bullet train was unveiled at JR Shin Osaka station in Osaka, western Japan (Kyodo News/AP)

TheHello Kitty-themed ‘shinkansen’ bullet train was unveiled at JR Shin Osaka station in Osaka, western Japan (Kyodo News/AP)

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TheHello Kitty-themed ‘shinkansen’ bullet train was unveiled at JR Shin Osaka station in Osaka, western Japan (Kyodo News/AP)

The special shinkansen made its inaugural round trip on Saturday between Osaka and Fukuoka.

The service, connecting Japan’s west and south, will run until the end of September.

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The special train made its inaugural round trip between Osaka and Fukuoka (Kyodo News/AP)

The special train made its inaugural round trip between Osaka and Fukuoka (Kyodo News/AP)

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The special train made its inaugural round trip between Osaka and Fukuoka (Kyodo News/AP)

The stylish train is painted pink and white, showcasing Hello Kitty images and trademark ribbons from flooring to seat covers and windows.

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A life-size Hello Kitty doll greeted passengers(Kyodo News/AP)

A life-size Hello Kitty doll greeted passengers(Kyodo News/AP)

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A life-size Hello Kitty doll greeted passengers(Kyodo News/AP)

In one car, a life-size Hello Kitty doll dressed in a train crew uniform and hat — decorated with a pink bow of course — greeted passengers, offering a chance for selfies.

Hello Kitty, created in 1974 by Japanese company Sanrio, is a global figure of “cute-cool” with fans of all ages.


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