Pikachu mascot train appears on Japanese rail line

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The popular Pikachu of the Pokemon franchise was sighted on Sunday in Ichinoseki Metro Station, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The Pokemon-themed sightseeing train will begin its daily service on July 15 and run throughout the summer holiday season on the local Ofunato rail line. It was designed as part of the ‘Pokemon with You’ campaign organized by the Pokemon Company following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and is intended to cheer up children and adults living in the area.