Knowing I'm a bit of a train geek, a friend kindly bought me a gift commmorating the launch of the Shimakaze train service.
It's pieces of sponge cake presented in a commemorative box - shaped like the Shimakaze train itself.
The box also functions as a children's toy.
VIDEO: Unboxing Cake in Commemorative Shimakaze Train Packaging
Symbols of the Shima region
In the video below you'll see that the back of the box opens, revealing an inner box that is decorated with symbols of the Shima region including sea creatures as well as land animals.
A railway track is also included in the box turning the packing into a complete toy.
A luxury limited express
Operated by the private Kintetsu Railway company, the Shimakaze is a luxury, limited express train, with the first service running in March 2013.
'Shima' is the region in which the train runs and 'kaze' means wind in Japanese, also implying speed, so it's the 'Shima-wind train'.
About the Author
A writer and publisher from England, Rob has been exploring Japan’s 6,800 islands since 2000. He specialises in travelling off the beaten track, whether on remote atolls or in the hidden streets of major cities. He’s the founder of TheRealJapan.com.
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