It's part of an initiative to cheer up children who were affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake.
5 Jun 2017 - 2:18 PM  UPDATED 5 Jun 2017 - 2:49 PM

From deflating during a dance, and getting tackled in a viral video, to blowing up on the internet due to a weird "hand tongue" photo, Pikachu has been making the rounds recently. Now, the adorable little Pokemon is back in the news, but for a more honourable reason rather than as a viral trend.

Japan's JR East railway company have collaborated with The Pokemon Company and designed a Pikachu-themed train, which will be the latest item in the Pokemon with You disaster relief project. The project was launched as an initiative to cheer up children who were affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, and this Pikachu-themed train happens to be the second of its kind following the launch of an earlier Pokemon train back in 2012.

Similar to the 2012 Pokemon train, this Pikachu train will have special upholstered seats based on Pikachu's trademark yellow and brown fur, as well as a special play area specially designed for children.

For those expecting to see this train all over Japan, it will only run on the Ofunato Line from Ichinoseki station to Kesennuma station, starting on July 15 this year.

Be right back, just going over to Japan so we can ride this awesome Pikachu train!


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