That's A Good-Looking Pikachu Train

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Since 2012, the Pokémon With You train has been making kids happy in Eastern Japan. Now, in 2017, it’s time for the train to get a makeover.

Over the years, Japan has seen various Pocket Monster trains, including a Pokémon-covered bullet train.

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Originally, the Pokémon With You train was inaugurated to help lift spirits in some of the regions hit hardest by the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

The train departs from Ichinoseki Station in Iwate and ends at Kesennuma Station in Miyagi.

Below is the previous design.

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The inside is pretty sweet too!

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According to IT Media, the new design (see top photo) will roll out July 15, and the inside is getting refurbished, too.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.