AKB48 have taken over one train on the JR Yamanote line in Tokyo. Photos of the popular all-girl group adorn the outside and inside of all the cars of one train on the famous loop.
Not only that, singer Minami Takahashi, 20, has recorded announcements for each of the 29 stations (until April 29th). She announces in a dignified voice that “The next station is Osaki. Change here for the Saikyo Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line and Tokyo-Rinkai Line.”
“I tried to speak mechanically without showing any emotions. I was very nervous when I imagined that everyone was listening,” Takahashi commented to Sports Nippon.
The AKB48 train started running on March 17 and will continue until April 15.
AKB48 will collaborate with Tokyo Pastel Sand to promote it's marshmellow snack, sold exclusively at Tokyo and Shinagawa stations.
Official Website: http://www.tokyopastelsand.jp/
The marshmallows come in 3 flavours: Strawberry, Green Tea, and Chocolate Orange. Currently only the Strawberry flavour is on sale, and will only be available until mid-April. The Green Tea (maccha) flavour will be sold from mid-April to mid-May, and the Chocolate Orange flavour from mid-May to mid-June.
The marshmallows come in prices of 1,350yen for 9 pieces, or 2,400yen for 16 pieces.
Strawberry: Maeda Atsuko, Watanabe Mayu, Kitahara Rie, Yokoyama Yui
Green Tea: Takahashi Minami, Kashiwagi Yuki, Takajo Aki, Sashihara Rino
Chocolate Orange: Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko, Kojima Haruna, Minegishi Minami
source: 1, 2, video 1, video 2, video 3