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Hello Kitty bullet train to debut in Japan

The railway company is going all-out with the iconic kitty motif in the hope of strengthening ties in rural Japan.

(Sanrio Ltd. Co.)

Hello Kitty super fans can officially drive in style this summer on a Japanese bullet train in honor of the beloved cat, the West Japan Railway’s full steam ahead on a project on the “send charm” and the promotion of unity in the country.

On 30 June, a Hello Kitty theme bullet train rolls on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line, with eight 500-series cars between Osaka and Fukuoka, Japan Times.

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Although only illustrated renderings are not yet released, the train is decorated with different shades of pink, hearts and dots in the two specially-equipped cars.

(Sanrio Ltd. Co.)

According to the outlet, the railway company is going all-out with Sanrio’s iconic hello kitty motif in the hope of strengthening the ties between the regions it connects to.

The outside of the shinkansen train, which the New York Post reports will carry up to 200 km / h, will be decorated with cartoon images of the mouthless cat, her signature bow and her fellow animal friends under a long pink ribbon.

Not only will the Hello Kitty train stop at each station between Shin-Osaka and Hakata, it will also play the signature Hello Kitty theme jingle as he’s approaching stations.

(Sanrio Ltd. Co.)

Although only illustrated renderings were released, the train’s interior is different shades of pink, hearts and dots in the two specially-equipped cars.

Car Number 1 will have a lack of seats, ribbon-edged windows and a large Hello Kitty doll as a photo booth, perfect for selfies. Car No. 2, also decked out in a pink-centric theme, will include a small supermarket, part of Japanese goods.

Not only will the Hello Kitty train stop at each station between Shin-Osaka and Hakata, it will also play the signature Hello Kitty theme jingle as he’s approaching stations, CNN notes.

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The two-and-a-half-hour trips are scheduled from June 30 to Sept. 29, the Post reports.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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