Manga Express Train Set To Bring Summer Fun To Tohoku Region

Manga express train set to bring summer fun to Tohoku regionThe “Manga De Tsuna-Go Tohoku” train cars are themed on, from top to bottom, "One Piece," "Ace of Diamond" and "Case Closed." (Provided by East Japan Railway Co. Sendai Branch Office)
Manga fans are being lured to the Tohoku region this summer with the introduction of a “comic train” adorned with popular characters such as Conan from “Case Closed” and Luffy from “One Piece.”

The special train will run through the region in support of the local communities hit hard in the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Dubbed “Manga De Tsuna-Go Tohoku” (Let’s connect the Tohoku region with manga), the train will be run by East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) through Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures between July 23 and Aug. 6.

The three-car train is themed on a different manga series in each car, with “Ace of Diamond” alongside “One Piece” and “Case Closed.”

The project was organized by Daishinsai Shuppan Taisaku Honbu, a group made up of publishing organizations across the nation to help with the region’s reconstruction efforts.

Shueisha Inc., Kodansha Ltd. and Shogakukan Inc.--all major manga publishers--joined forces to bring the train to life.

The train will not be running every day. It will enter service between Sendai and Onagawa stations in Miyagi Prefecture on the Tohoku and Ishinomaki lines on July 23-25.

It will then run from Morioka Station in Iwate Prefecture to Sendai Station via the Tohoku Line on July 30. On the following day, the train will operate between Iwate Prefecture’s Hanamaki and Kamaishi stations on the Kamaishi Line.

The final runs will be made on the Banetsu East Line between Koriyama and Iwaki stations in Fukushima Prefecture on Aug. 5-6.